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Balkh airport revenue surges to USD 1.2mn in 2013

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Balkh airport revenue surges to USD 1.2mn in 2013

airportAccording to Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN), the Maulana Jalaludin Mohammad Balkhi International Airport has recorded a revenue of USD 1.2mn in 2013 compared to USD 400,000 in 2012.

The source attributes the increase revenue to the provision of more facilities, such as the construction of the runway and terminal, in the airport that led to launch of direct flights from the province to foreign countries.

Following the launch of flights from the airport to Turkey, Iran, India and Pakistan, with weekly one flight from UAE to Mazar-e-Sharif, the airport’s revenue went up by four times.

The airport has facilitated import and export business in the province and reduced expenses as traders are now able to airlift their commerical goods from Turkey or Dubai to Mazar-e-Sharif.

Arash Younusi, director of Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI), told PAN traders were forced to airlift their goods from abroad to Kabul to transport it in vehicles to the province.

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