Taliban appeals for resumption of international flights to Afghanistan

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Afghanistan has appealed for international flights to be resumed, promising full cooperation with airlines and saying that problems at Kabul airport had been resolved.

A limited number of aid and passenger flights have been operating from the airport.

But normal commercial services have yet to resume since it was closed in the wake of the chaotic evacuation of tens of thousands of foreigners and vulnerable Afghans that followed the Taliban’s seizure of the capital.

The airport, which was damaged during the evacuation, has since been reopened with the assistance of technical teams from Qatar and Turkey.

While some airlines including Pakistan International Airlines have been offering limited services and some people have been able to get places on flights, prices have been reported to be many times higher than normal.

Flight operations in Afghanistan came to a halt after the Taliban takeover of Kabul on August 15. The domestic flights were resumed on September 5.

The suspension of international flights had left many Afghans stranded abroad and also prevented people from travelling for work or study, said the Afghan foreign ministry spokesperson Abdul Qahar. 

Since taking power, the Taliban have grappled with a severe economic crisis and have faced pressure on issues ranging from girls education.