Kabul: After months of suspension, the Ariana Afghan Airlines has resumed flights to Moscow, with flights from Kabul to Moscow each Monday and return flights each Tuesday, according to the Ministry of Transportation and Civil Aviation.
“The previous government had some problems in flights with Moscow, and therefore the flights were suspended,” said Imamuddin Ahmadi, a spokesman for the ministry.
This comes as tourism companies complain of a collapse in business. They called the resumption of flights effective for the Afghan economy.
“The people are facing a lot of problems. If the flights are resumed, it is clear that they will help the economic condition of the people,” said Suhrab, head of a tourism company.
The economists believe that the resumption of flights will bring more opportunities for transit and trade for Afghanistan. “The direct flights can save the time of passengers. The flights can be effective in transportation, and cause an upsurge in trade and transit,” said Shakir Yaqobi, an economist.
Based on statistics of the Ministry of Transportation and Civil Aviation, more than 20 are being conducted Kabul airport each day, with three of them at domestic level and the rest are abroad.