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UAE's Air Arabia to Invest in Ariana Airlines

Ariana Afghan Airlines, Afghanistan’s main courier flight provider, on Wednesday said that it will increase the area of its operations with investments expected from the United Arab Emirates' Air Arabia.
 
Officials from the Afghan Aviation Authority have said that talks have stared with the UAE based Air Arabia Airlines and that the Presidential Palace has pledged its support for the investments.
 
With the investment, Ariana Afghan Airlines will be able to purchase more planes, increase its aviation services and make its way towards getting off the EU’s blacklist.
 
“Its not only the issue of holding talks about the investment, its about bringing international standards. In fact, it is about harmonizing the Ariana Afghan Airlines at the international level in terms of quality, standards, services and safety of flights,” said Mohammad Qasim Wafayeezada, the head of the Afghan Civil Aviation Authority.
 
Critics meanwhile have blasted the Afghan government for not focusing on the airliner over the past twenty years.
 
“Regrettably, Ariana Afghan Airlines is our only national aviation company, if it also has a foreign shareholder, I think it will not be good for the Afghan government. Ariana shareholders could buy three to four planes for the company--if this had happened, it would have been better than the foreign investment,” said Massoud Bina, the deputy head of the Afghan Civil Aviation Companies.
 
“Unfortunately, there has not been sufficient investment in our aviation sector, but this is good news that an international company has shown readiness to invest in this sector in Afghanistan,” said Abdul Wase Haidari, an economic expert.
 
In recent years, the Afghan government has allowed Emirati companies to increase their flights to Afghanistan, however the decision also sparked retaliation from domestic companies.
 
On October 2020, The Afghan government signed contracts with a UAE-based consortium, GAAC/G42, to provide security, advanced technology systems and ground-handling services for all international airports in the country.
 
The contracts include security service at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul and other international airports in Herat, Balkh, and Kandahar. The company will also provide ground handling services to Hamid Karzai International Airport as well as the Herat and Kandahar airports.

UAE's Air Arabia to Invest in Ariana Airlines

Critics meanwhile have blasted the Afghan government for not focusing on the airliner over the past twenty years.

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Ariana Afghan Airlines, Afghanistan’s main courier flight provider, on Wednesday said that it will increase the area of its operations with investments expected from the United Arab Emirates' Air Arabia.
 
Officials from the Afghan Aviation Authority have said that talks have stared with the UAE based Air Arabia Airlines and that the Presidential Palace has pledged its support for the investments.
 
With the investment, Ariana Afghan Airlines will be able to purchase more planes, increase its aviation services and make its way towards getting off the EU’s blacklist.
 
“Its not only the issue of holding talks about the investment, its about bringing international standards. In fact, it is about harmonizing the Ariana Afghan Airlines at the international level in terms of quality, standards, services and safety of flights,” said Mohammad Qasim Wafayeezada, the head of the Afghan Civil Aviation Authority.
 
Critics meanwhile have blasted the Afghan government for not focusing on the airliner over the past twenty years.
 
“Regrettably, Ariana Afghan Airlines is our only national aviation company, if it also has a foreign shareholder, I think it will not be good for the Afghan government. Ariana shareholders could buy three to four planes for the company--if this had happened, it would have been better than the foreign investment,” said Massoud Bina, the deputy head of the Afghan Civil Aviation Companies.
 
“Unfortunately, there has not been sufficient investment in our aviation sector, but this is good news that an international company has shown readiness to invest in this sector in Afghanistan,” said Abdul Wase Haidari, an economic expert.
 
In recent years, the Afghan government has allowed Emirati companies to increase their flights to Afghanistan, however the decision also sparked retaliation from domestic companies.
 
On October 2020, The Afghan government signed contracts with a UAE-based consortium, GAAC/G42, to provide security, advanced technology systems and ground-handling services for all international airports in the country.
 
The contracts include security service at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul and other international airports in Herat, Balkh, and Kandahar. The company will also provide ground handling services to Hamid Karzai International Airport as well as the Herat and Kandahar airports.

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