Rahmatullah Agha, head of Ariana Afghan Airlines, says that Afghanistan's trade level with India is high and the company will soon start flights to India, China and Kuwait.
“We have discussed this in Dubai. God willing, flights will soon start to India, where there are a lot of goods ... and a number of our passengers are there for treatment. Our flights to India, China and Kuwait will soon start,” he said.
The airline flies twice a week to Doha, Qatar, and it is unclear how much a ticket will cost.
Meanwhile, NBC News reported that the United States, in cooperation with the Qatari government, is indirectly paying Ariana Afghan Airlines to evacuate Afghan refugees from Kabul.
But the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation (MoTCA) in reaction to this said that any passenger with a legal document can travel abroad.
“Flights happen based on timetables, anyone who has travel documents like a visa, passport and ticket can travel, if they are foreigners or Afghans, they can travel,” said Imamuddin Ahmadi, spokesman for the Ministry of Transport.
India is one of the largest markets for Afghan agricultural and horticultural products.
The Afghanistan Chamber of Agriculture and Livestock (ACAL) says that with the start of flights between Kabul and Delhi, the country's exports will increase.
“India’s market is a good opportunity for our ... agriculture sector, now here in Afghanistan it is the season of grapes, pomegranates, apricots, saffron, medicinal plants, we hope that our exports will increase to other countries through air corridors,” said Mirwais Hajizada, member of ACAL.
Amir Khan Muttaqi, acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, is also optimistic about the growth of the economy and the development of the country's transit.
“Afghanistan is now becoming a transit and economic center, hundreds of vehicles pass through Afghanistan daily in transit,” he said.
The ACCI says that large aviation companies have not yet resumed flights to Afghanistan, and that much of the country's exports are transported by air corridor to major aviation companies.