Afghan-Indian air cargo to fly from mid-June
The Afghanistan-India air corridor will begin operations on June 15th, according to a statement from the Presidential Palace in Kabul.
The Afghanistan-India air corridor will take Afghan goods to India and will see Ariana Airways flying between Kabul and New Delhi.
The project was initiated by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani last year, but only became operational on Wednesday with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the CEOs of Ariana Airlines and Afghanistan Chambers of Commerce and Industries (ACCI).
Ariana CEO Captain Nadir Omar said the first flight will depart Kabul for New Delhi on June 15 while the second flight will depart from Kandahar on June 20.
The air corridor programme, which is funded by the Afghanistan government, will help the private sector export their goods to India by air under an incentivised programme and is intended to help establish sustainable trade between the two counties.
The current volume of trade between the two countries stands at roughly $350 million, and the governments of Afghanistan and India want to increase this to $1 billion in the coming 3 years.