First commercial flight to Kabul under the Taliban

The first commercial flight to Kabul under the Taliban - Photo 1.

A plane of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) carrying about 10 passengers landed at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on September 13 – Photo: AFP

“There were hardly any people on the plane, about 10 people. Probably more staff than passengers,” said an AFP reporter on the flight.

“This is a big moment. We are very excited. This is a day of hope. Maybe other airlines will look at this flight and decide to come back (Afghanistan),” said a Kabul airport employee. said.

A bus that reads “Welcome to Afghanistan” (Welcome to Afghanistan) is waiting at the airport to take passengers from the airport to the terminal. But in the end the passengers on the PIA flight walked in on their own.

According to AFP, the resumption of commercial flights will be an important test for the Taliban, especially when the force has pledged to allow Afghans with valid documents to leave the country.

On the same day, about 100 passengers waited at Kabul airport to catch a flight back to the Pakistani capital. According to ground staff at Kabul airport, most of them are relatives of employees of international organizations such as the World Bank.

Earlier, over the weekend, a PIA spokesman said the airline wanted to resume normal commercial services, but it was too early to say how often flights between the Pakistani capital and Afghanistan would be. .

Many terminal halls and technical infrastructure in Kabul airport were severely damaged after the Taliban took control of Kabul on August 15. At that time, thousands of people flocked here in the hope of being able to leave Afghanistan.

At the end of August, the US and other countries ended the evacuation from Afghanistan and completed the withdrawal of troops. By the end of August 30, more than 120,000 people had been brought out of Afghanistan.

Then, with technical assistance from Qatar and other countries, the Taliban are trying to get Kabul airport back up and running.

On September 3, an Afghan airline resumed domestic flights.

Foreign Minister of Qatar holds talks with Prime Minister of Afghanistan Foreign Minister of Qatar holds talks with Prime Minister of Afghanistan

Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani held talks with Afghan Prime Minister Mullah Muhammad Hasan Akhund on September 12, the highest-level foreign visit to Kabul since the Taliban took over.

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