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India expands air service to Afghanistan; Delhi linked to Mazar-e-Sharif

A new flight service connecting Mazar-e-Sharif, a strategically-important Northern Afghan city, with Delhi was launched on October 2, reflecting resolve of the two countries to boost connectivity despite Pakistan posing hurdles.

Officials in the ministry of External Affairs said flight services linking Herat, another key city of Afghanistan, with Delhi will be launched this week.

Mazar-e Sharif, located in North Afghanistan, is the second largest Afghan city while Herat in the Western region is the third largest city in the war-ravaged country.

Currently, Air India and SpiceJet operate direct flights from India to Kabul.

India and Afghanistan had launched a dedicated air freight corridor service in June. The freight corridor was launched as Pakistan has been creating hurdles for transport of goods between India and Afghanistan through it.

Kam Air - a privately owned airline by the Kamgar Group, will operate two flights a week from Mazar-e-Sharif on Mondays and Wednesdays and from Herat on Fridays and Tuesdays, the Indian Consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif said in a release.

Today's flight was inaugurated by Mohammad Afzal Hadeed, chairman of the Provincial Council of Balkh Province, and Manjish Grover, Consul General of India in Mazar-e Sharif.

Speaking on the occasion, Grover said that there has been a demand for a direct flight to Delhi from Mazar from visa seekers for long and Afghan people in the Northern provinces who travel to India for medical treatment will benefit from it.


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