After the Taliban took over, only evacuation flights were allowed to use Kabul Airport. Kabul airport was at the center of the US-led evacuation.
Pakistan airline aircraft
The first international commercial flight landed at Kabul Airport for the first time on Monday, almost a month after the Taliban took over Afghanistan. According to news agency AFP, a Pakistan International Airlines plane carrying a handful of passengers landed at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Monday. International flights were closed only after the Taliban took over.
An AFP journalist on board the flight from Islamabad said, ‘There was hardly anyone on board. There were about 10 people in it. Perhaps more employees were present on the plane than passengers. An airline spokesperson told AFP that Pakistan Airlines was keen to resume regular commercial services between Pakistan and Afghanistan. However, he said it was too early to say how often the flights would operate. After the Taliban captured Kabul on August 15, several commercial airlines refused to fly into Afghan airspace.
More than 120,000 people left the country through Kabul Airport
After the Taliban took over, only evacuation flights were allowed to use Kabul Airport. Kabul airport was at the center of the US-led evacuation. People from many countries, including Afghan citizens, were evacuated from here. It was told that more than 1,20,000 people left the country through the airport. The evacuation ended with the withdrawal of American troops on 30 August. After taking control of Kabul airport, the Taliban sought technical assistance from Qatar and Turkey to restart the airport. Let us tell you that an Afghan airline resumed domestic services on 3 September.
Qatar Airways operated charter flights last week
At the same time, according to AFP, Qatar Airways operated several charter flights from Kabul last week, mostly foreign and Afghan. These were the people who missed the evacuation before August 30. Significantly, after the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan on August 30, the situation at Kabul airport became dire. A large number of people reached the airport to leave the country and due to this the airport was badly damaged. After this, technical assistance of Qatar was taken to make the airport operational again.
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