The Kabul airport will resume operations and the first flights with passengers will depart from the Afghan capital since the frenzied US military evacuation came to an end at the end of last month, according to the Qatari television network Al Jazeera.
The Qatari government envoy to Kabul, Mutlaq al Qahtani, has stated in statements to his country’s radio station from Kabul airport that “for the first time there will be international commercial or charter flights with Afghan passengers” who have the necessary documents to travel. .RELATED
“We are not talking about evacuation, but about free movement (…) Those people who have passports or travel documents and a card to get on the plane will be able to travel,” the envoy detailed.
He also stressed that what is important at the moment is “the safety of international flights” and added that “the airport is ready” to operate again, although “gradually”.
Al Jazeera has shown some Afghan passengers who are preparing to travel to various international destinations by doing the usual procedures in the airport lounges.
According to several international media, including CNN and the New York Times, about 200 passengers from the United States and other nationalities They will be transferred to Qatar in a Qatari plane that this Thursday has brought humanitarian aid to Kabul, within the framework of the shipments that the Government of the Arab country is making on a daily basis.
This would be the first flight with foreign nationals on board, since the end of evacuation operations on August 30, when US troops handed over control of the airport to the Taliban and left Kabul.
Washington has evacuated some 6,000 Americans and some 124,000 civilians including Afghan collaborators and citizens of other countries aboard US and allied military flights through the Kabul airport.
Many made a stopover in Qatar, at the Al Udeid air base, the main US base in the Persian Gulf, and several dozen Afghan evacuees have been temporarily welcomed by Doha.