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Inauguration of One-Stop Shop at Kabul Airport

In a major step toward facilitating exports by air, the Afghan government inaugurated a One-Stop Shop (OSS) in the Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA) Customs Zone with the support of USAID’s Afghanistan Trade and Revenue Project. USAID support focused on

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Saudi’s recent air traffic regulation could pose problems to Afghan airlines

Saudi Arabia has passed new regulations that disallow aircrafts over 25 years old from flying to any location in the country. This could pose a problem to Afghan carriers that transport thousands of Afghans for pilgrimage to Mecca annually. Most

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SpiceJet suspends flights to Kabul after spate of attacks at Kabul Airport

Indian airline SpiceJet has temporarily suspended its flights to Kabul following the recent attacks at Kabul airport. The suspension of the flights will take place with effect from Friday and SpiceJet has offered refunds to passengers. “In view of the

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Balkh airport revenue surges to USD 1.2mn in 2013

According 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,

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Italy pledges aid to transform Herat Airport

The Italian government has pledged USD 200mn in aid money to Afghanistan, most of which is earmarked for revamping and expanding Herat Airport. The aid money will be used to build a new terminal and runways, fund new equipment for

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Herat Airport launches its first international flight

Herat International Airport witnessed its first international flight from Kabul to New Delhi, India on 16 November 2013. “We launched our first international flight today, and soon we will have our next international flight to Dubai,” said Herat Governor Sayed

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Afghan passengers complain about extra security checks at Kabul Airport

Air India and Pakistan International Airline reportedly take extra security precautions for Afghan passengers at Kabul International Airport. Afghan Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Dr. Daud Ali Najafi said the two airlines conduct their own body searches of passengers during

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New facilities to be added to Kandahar airport

Built nearly 60 years ago, the Kandahar airport was in need of projects to provide modern-era services. New facilities such as construction of a new terminal entrance, with mine-detecting equipment and entry, exit and cargo roads have been added to

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Spain, Italy team up to reconstruct Herat International Airport

Despite its name, Herat’s International Airport offers a hub only for daily Kabul-Herat flights. The airport needs to be reconstructed at a cost of somewhere USD 4-7 million. According to reports, Italy and Spain have offered to provide financial support

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Ghazni airport project to be implemented in a year

Work on the construction of Ghazni airport officially begun on Tuesday and is expected to be completed in a year. Deputy Governor Mohammad Ali Ahmadi said the wall and two runways of the airport would be built at a cost

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Domestic flight to Badakhshan launches after 3 years

East Horizon’ first plane, carrying 44 passengers, landed at Badakhshan airport. Three years ago, Ariana airlines, Kam Air and Pamir cancelled their flights to Badakshan. The province received flights only from the UN and military forces. This was the first

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Japan to reconstruct the Kabul International Airport

Afghan Ministry of Transport and Aviation signed the contract on reconstructing the Kabul International Airport with Japan’s ambassador to Afghanistan. Transport Minister Daud Ali Najfi said the project, costing USD 20mn, is funded by the government of Japan. According to

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Abdul Ghafar Dawi has not yet returned Kabul Bank loans-Hameedullah Mohebbi

Head of the Kabul Bank Receivership Department, Hameedullah Mohebbi, said Abdul Ghafar Dawi, ower of the Dawi Oil Corp, has not yet returned a loan of worth about USD 40mn to Kabul Bank. Mr. Mohebbi called on Abdul Ghafar Dawi

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