Taliban asks India to begin commercial flights in Afghanistan
New Delhi : Taliban’s Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has written a letter to the DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation), urging them to restart their commercial flight operations to Kabul in Afghanistan. The letter is currently under review by the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA).
All commercial flights from India to Afghanistan were suspended on August 15 when Taliban took over Kabul from the US.
“The intention of this letter is to keep the smooth passenger movement between two countries based on the signed MoU and our National Carriers (Ariana Afghan Airline & Kam Air) aimed to commence their scheduled flights. Therefore, Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority requests you to facilitate their commercial flights,” the letter said.
The official transition of power from the US to Taliban completed on August 30; India last operated an Indian Air Force flight out of Kabul on August 21 to evacuate its citizens. They were flown to Dushanbe and then to Delhi via an Air India flight.