The Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) on Thursday said that the Afghan government is planning to construct a major state-of-the-art international airport in the eastern Logar province.
The project will cost $2 billion.
The ACAA officials have said that the project will be operational within three years, however, the entire work on the project will take 15 years.
The ACAA officials said that in the first phase will cost $200 million, which will enable it to welcome domestic and international flights.
ACAA chairman Mohammad Qasim Wafayeezada said that the new airport in Logar will be used as an alternative to Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul.
He said that the new airport will have the capacity of welcoming 10 million passengers and 100,000 cargo luggage, per year.
“The airport will transform Afghanistan’s central zone into one of Afghanistan’s main aerial hubs and will connect it to the regional and world markets,” said Wafayeezada.
The airport will be built in the desert of Mohammad Agha district of Logar near the Ainak Copper mine.
Meanwhile, Abdul Qayoum Rahimi, the governor of Logar, has called on the Taliban to cooperate with the security of the airport.
“My expectation from the Taliban is to focus on this project and help its security,” Rahimi said.
According to aviation authorities, with the progress on the new project, there is a possibility that the government will stop the plan for the construction of five-star hotels and new terminals in the current airport in Kabul.