First Balkh-Europe air corridor created

First Balkh-Europe air corridor created

First Balkh-Europe air corridor to enhance trade between Afghanistan and Europe was inaugurated this morning in presence of government officials. 

Samir Rasa, Head of Public Relation Office of Senior Advisor to the President in Banking and Finance told the media on the sidelines of the ceremony that in the first flight 5 tons of dried fruit which included berries and raisins was sent to London via Turkish airlines. 

Mr. Samir also added that currently two flights are boarded from Mawlana Jalaluddin Mohammad Balkhi International Airport every week and they are striving to raise the number of flights and goods for export. 

On the other hand, Mohammad Ishaq Rahgozar, Balkh Governor considered this air corridor a good facility for merchants to export their merchandise. 

In the meantime, Arash Younusi, Head of Balkh Chamber of Commerce and Industries (BCCI) also considered inauguration of this air corridor effective for development of local products and encouragement of traders for investment. 

Prior to this, the main routes for export of Afghan products to other countries was via Pakistan, but on multiple occasions due to political and commercial tensions between the two countries, Afghan traders faced challenges. This issue caused Afghan authorities more than ever to seek air corridors with other countries. 


Reporter: Hamid Nawabzada


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