Ariana Afghan Airlines begins Kabul-Islamabad flights


KABUL – Ariana Afghan Airlines is going to launch flight service between Kabul and Islamabad, the state-owned operator announced in a statement on Thursday.

It will operate regular twice-weekly flights, joining Kam Air which is operating five flights in a week between the two cities.

Ariana will operate flights between Kabul and Islamabad on Thursdays and Mondays.

Earlier this week, privately-owned Kam Air began its services after the international air traffic gradually reopens after the Taliban seized control of Kabul in mid-August.

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) suspended its charter flight service to Kabul from Islamabad last month due to interference by Taliban officials.

The announcement from Ariana came as the Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi is in Pakistan for talks.

Muttaqi is leading a 20-member high-level delegation comprising Minister for Finance Hidayatullah Badri, Minister for Industries and Trade Nooruddin Aziz and other officials.

Pakistan’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Mohammad Sadiq, Pakistan Ambassador to Afghanistan Mansoor Khan, Commerce Adviser Abdul Razak Dawood and senior officials received the delegation at Nur Khan Airbase.

A report said that the Afghan foreign minister would attend the Troika Plus meeting scheduled for tomorrow (Nov 11).

The visit is taking place as a follow-up to Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s visit to Kabul on 21 October 2021.

The exchanges will centre on Pakistan-Afghanistan relations with a particular focus inter aliaon enhanced trade, facilitation of transit trade, cross-border movement, land and aviation links, people-to-people contacts, and regional connectivity, the Foreign Office said in a statement on Tuesday.

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