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In an impressive development Kabul to Kolkata air cargo flight started its first operation on 27 September, 2018. The first air cargo service between Kabul to Kolkata was flagged off at Hamid Karzai International Airport-Kabul by Eng.Nasir Ahmad Durani, Minister of Agriclture, Irrigation and Livestock, Afghanistan and Khan Jan Alkozai, the Deputy Chairman of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ICCI).

The air cargo is flying by Spice Jet, based on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Afghanistan and India in the recently concluded exhibition titled ‘Passage to Prosperity: India-Afghanistan International Trade and Investment Show’ in Mumbai this month. The air cargo from Kabul to Kolkata will be freighting 2.7 tons fresh fruits. 

The implementation of the first air freight initiative between Afghanistan and India in 2017 has given major impetus to increase its footprint to other countries namely; Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Kazakhstan and Dubai.

Today the first flight of Kabul-Europe air cargo initiated through Turkish airline carrying 20 tons of goods to export 8.5 tons to Italy and 12 tons of wool to Finland.

Focusing in on the economic improvement of Afghanistan, the air corridor programme has set progressive benchmark in a span of more than one year. The air corridor programme has certainly produced positive development results which have broadened its horizon internationally.

It is also important to understand Afghanistan’s initiative to attain peace and stability but it is essential to know the positive outcome that has been achieved through economic development initiatives like the air freight programme which is an indispensable and pertinent factor for the country’s growth.

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