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Turkish Airlines launches flights into Kabul

Turkish Airlines launches flights into Kabul

Jul 11, 2011 - 14:04

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Turkish Airlines has begun its first commercial flights from Turkey to Afghanistaninfo-icon, an official said Monday.  

Deputy Transportation and Civil Aviation Minister Mohammadullah Batash told Pajhwok Afghan News that the flights would help improve Afghanistan's aviation credibility.

The flights are part of an agreement between the Turkish government and Afghanistan's Ministry of Transportation and Civil Aviation, he said.

He said that as part of the agreement, Turkey would train Afghan pilots and crew in the fields of air traffic, aviation operations and flight safety.

Turkish Airlines will have flights between Istanbul and Kabul three days a week: Saturday, Sunday and Thursday.

Batash said Turkey had been assisting Afghanistan in many fields, including aviation, economics and politics over the past several years.

An official at the Turkish embassy in Kabul said the flights were inaugurated on the threshold of the security transition process.



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