Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan, Manpreet Vohra said on his Twitter post that the return flight to Delhi, carrying Afghan exports, will be on Monday, June 19th.
Afghan-India air freight service will boost trade between the two countries and also provide greater market access to Afghani products.
The flight to be operated by Ariana Afghan Airlines and it will carry commodities from Kabul to Delhi and then return with Indian goods to Kabul. Initially, the plane will operate once or twice in a month, depending on the demand and supply needs.
“During Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s visit to India last year, we had discussions on establishing an air freight corridor between the two countries and we are happy to announce that first flight is likely to operate in the weekend or early next week. We are working out the details of the first flight,” Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said on Friday.
“The flight will take Indian products to Afghanistan and will bring Afghan products to India. The first flight will be from Delhi to Kabul and will start this weekend or next week,” Baglay said.
It comes as Pakistan does not allow use of its land for trade between Kabul and Delhi; however, the air freight corridor will provide the private sector in Afghanistan a platform to increase their exports to India.