What is the Saudi approval?
Allowing Ariana Afghan Airlines to operate “exceptional” flights from the Kingdom to Kabul.
When are the flights expected?
Within the next few days.
The Afghan embassy in Riyadh announced that the Saudi authorities had agreed to allow Ariana Afghan Airlines to operate “exceptional” flights from the Kingdom to Kabul.
And the embassy said, in a statement posted on its Facebook page yesterday, Thursday, that the Saudi government agreed to run “Ariana” nine exceptional flights “with the aim of helping Afghans who were unable to return to their homeland due to the Corona pandemic.”
It is scheduled, according to the statement, to operate these flights in the next few days.
All international commercial flights to Afghanistan were suspended, starting at the end of last August, following the return of the “Taliban” movement to rule in the country, but a few countries have resumed some flights to Kabul so far.
On September 27, Pakistan said it had allowed an Afghan airline to operate flights from Islamabad to Kabul.
For the first time since mid-August, when the Taliban took control of the Afghan capital, a Pakistani plane landed at Hamid Karzai Airport as the first commercial flight.
On August 31, the largest air evacuation in history ended, with more than 120,000 Americans, Afghans and others evacuated from other countries. With the help of Gulf countries, including Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and the UAE.