- The civil aviation for Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan wrote to DCGA urging to resume flight operation
- The decision to resume flights is being jointly reviewed by the DCGA and the external affairs ministry
- On August 15, India operated its last commercial flight to the war-torn country
On September 6, the civil aviation for Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan wrote to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DCGA) asking for the resumption of commercial flights operation to Kabul, which was shut down after August 15. According to a top government source, the decision to resume commercial flights to Kabul is being jointly reviewed by the DCGA and the external affairs ministry. The source added that the decision is under review.
A letter from Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority to DCGA Arun Kumar reads, “The Civil Aviation of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan extends its compliments to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation of India. As you are informed that recently the Kabul airport was damaged and these functional by American troops before their withdrawal. By technical assistance of our Qatar brother the airport became operational once again and a NOTAM in this regard was issued on September 06, 2021.”
It continued, “The intention of this letter is to keep the smooth passenger movement between two countries based on the signed MoU and our national carrier (Ariana Afghan airlines and Kam Air) aimed to commence their scheduled flights. Therefore, Afghanistan civil aviation authority requests you to facilitate their commercial flights.” The letter was written by Afghanistan’s Acting Minister for Civil Aviation and Transport Alhaj Hamidullah Akhundzada, as per reports .
On August 15, the day the Taliban took over Afghanistan, India operated its last commercial flight to the war-torn country. Following, the evacuation took place by the Army planes. The airspace of the country was shut down for commercial flights till September 5. After the Taliban’s takeover, Pakistan International Airline was the first airline to run the first international charter flight to Afghanistan on September 13.
Earlier, Air India and SpiceJet used to operate flights between Delhi and Kabul. However, Air India’s Kabul flights were suspended on the grounds of the COVID -19 pandemic from March 2020.