According to a spokeswoman for Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), flights from Islamabad to Kabul will restart next week, making it the first foreign commercial service since the Taliban seized power last month. From Monday, PIA will resume commercial flights to Kabul.
During a chaotic evacuation of over 120,000 people that ended on August 30 with the withdrawal of US forces, Kabul airport was seriously damage. With Qatari technical support, the Taliban have been scrambling to get it operational again.
#PIA will resume commercial flights for #Kabul from Monday, September 13.— Afghan Analyst (@AfghanAnalyst2) September 11, 2021
This is a good news and positive development. Many Afghans are waiting for resumption of international commercial flights from/to Afghanistan. https://t.co/ufUxXmHjj4
“We have got all technical clearances for flight operations,” PIA spokesman Abdullah Hafeez Khan told AFP.
“Our first commercial plane… is schedule to fly from Islamabad to Kabul on September 13.”
PIA will resume commercial flights to Kabul
Khan said the service would depend on demand.
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will resume flights to Kabul from Islamabad starting Monday, becoming the first foreign commercial service since the Taliban took power.#Pakistan #Kabul #Afghanistan #QatarDay #QatarDayNewshttps://t.co/pL7qn64Ssj— Qatar Day- Pulse of Nation (@qatarday) September 12, 2021
“We have received 73 requests which is very encouraging… from humanitarian relief agencies and journalists,” he said.
Qatar Airways has launched two charter flights out of Kabul in the previous two days. Carrying largely foreigners and Afghans who were not evacuated during the evacuation.
Last Monday, an Afghan airline resumed domestic flights.