First air freight corridor between India, Afghanistan to get operationalise soon

"We are working out the details of the first flight", Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay said. Two countries are forced to use air route following Pakistan's trouble making attitude and preventing India-Afghanistan trade though land.

The India-Afghanistan air freight service will increase trade between the two countries and also provide greater market access to Afghan products such as dry fruits and carpets.

The spokesperson said the decision to have a "dedicated freight corridor" and overcome the difficulties between India and landlocked-Afghanistan was taken during Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's visit to India in December past year.

The special air freight services between India and Afghanistan is expected to kick off from tomorrow, the officials have said.

The India- Afghanistan air corridor project was initiated by President Ashraf Ghani in 2016.

Mr. Vohra informed regarding the launch of the air freight between Kabul and Delhi through a Twitter post.

The flight to be operated by Ariana Afghan Airlines - Afghanistan's national carrier - will carry commodities from Kabul to Delhi and then return with Indian goods to Kabul. "It is likely that this may take place either over the weekend itself or very early next week". "It is, at the end of the day, a commercial venture which is supported very strongly and very purposefully by both the governments".

The idea is not to start a daily flight at the moment, Baglay said, adding there are difficulties in reaching Kabul by road. "I am sure the companies concerned are looking into it".

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