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Limited flights to operate between Afghanistan, India

By: The Kabul Times

KABUL: The Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in a statement said the other day that limited flights would resume between Afghansitan and India despite high number of people infected with COVID-19 in India.

The limited essential air traffic operation will resume between the two countries under an agreement signed recently. Under the agreement, an airline from each country will be cleared to transfer passengers with valid visas from both countries once a week, the statement added.

Ariana Afghan Airlines, the Afghan national carrier, introduced by the CAA, will soon launch flights between India and Kabul, according to the statement.

The CAA said that if Indian authorities agreed, an airline will be introduced through open competition in order to increase the flights. The CAA also said that Air India would operate on behalf of Indian side. The Authority said that was grateful to efforts of the Afghan Embassy in New Delhi and said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would finalize the agreement.

It said the launch of flights would enable citizens to travel and solve their health, business and other urgent and formal needs.

Meanwhile, a statement issued from the Afghan Embassy in India said their continuous efforts led to the start of flights between India and Afghanistan. According to the statement, based on provisions of the bilateral bubbles agreement between the two countries only certain people could travel to India until the situation improved.

According to the agreement, Ariana Afghan Airlines and Air India Airlines will operate two-way flights between the two countries.

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