PIA to start commercial flights to Kabul from September 13

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will resume flights from Islamabad to Kabul next week, a spokesman revealed on Saturday, becoming the first foreign commercial service since the Taliban seized power last month.

Kabul airport was severely damaged during a chaotic evacuation of over 120,000 people that ended with the withdrawal of US forces on August 30. 

“We have got all technical clearances for flight operations,” PIA spokesman Abdullah Hafeez Khan stated.

“Our first commercial plane is scheduled to fly from Islamabad to Kabul on September 13.”

He further added that the service would depend on demand.

In the last two days Qatar Airways has operated two charter flights out of Kabul, carrying mostly foreigners and Afghans who missed being taken out during the evacuation.

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