Jalalabad Airport is prepared for domestic and international flights, state officials said on Saturday.
Jalalabad Airport is in the capital of Nangarhar province. The airport served as a military base for US troops during the past 20 years. No civilian flights were allowed from the airport then.
The acting director of the airport, Spin Ghar Shahzad, said that the technical staff were recalled back on duty.
“We have all the capabilities for technical activity. The technical staff is all present. You will witness the flights,” he said.
“We assure the citizens and world that Nangarhar (Jalalabad) Airport is fully prepared for the flights,” said Sheikh Neda Ahmad, head of Nangarhar's security department.
Provincial residents praised the reopening of the airport for civilian flights.
“Earlier, we were obliged to send our crops from Nangarhar to the capital, Kabul. And From there the crops would be exported to foreign countries. Now we will have direct flights from Nangarhar to China,” Hajji Zalmay, a trader.
“The reopening of the airport in Nangarhar is a good step. The international flights will be conducted from here. It will make good profits for Nangarhar,” said Abdullah, a resident.
The officials said that an Iranian aircraft carrying humanitarian assistance will land in the airport in the near future.