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Herat Airport expansion work to start soon: Ministry

Herat Airport expansion work to start soon: Ministry

Aug 04, 2015 - 17:12

HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation on Tuesday said expansion work of Herat Airport to be started soon.

Transport Minister Mohammadullah Batash told a press conference that “we presented our plans to the governor of the province. We have more than $32 million dollars in hand for expansion of the airport.”

With the expansion of the southern part of the airport, Batash said, the international flights would resume once again from the province.

Governor Mohammad Asif Rahimi welcomed the plan and said that Italian government would fund the direly needed project.

Sakhidad Rasouli, the airport director, told Pajhwok Afghan News currently the airport was ready for international flights, but due to lack of passengers there were no international flights.

“Earlier, we had direct flights to India and Pakistaninfo-icon, but Safi Airways announced that due to lack of passengers they had lost 100 million afghanis,” he recalled.

Rasouli added, with the expansion of the airport and building new terminal more facilities would be provided for passengers.

The airport was reconstructed with the help of Italy and the US four years back at a cost of $2 millions but according to local officials it was inadequate.



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