Iran launches commercial flights to Taliban-led Afghanistan


Passengers disembark from a Mahan Air flight at Kabul Airport September 15. Photo AFP.

Tehran: Iran has resumed commercial flights to Afghanistan, a month after the Taliban entered Kabul last month and ousted the government.

“Today Mahan Air has flown passengers between Mashhad and Kabul Airport.” Fars News Agency The report cites Iran’s second-largest city, the Northeast, and the Afghan capital.

“The plane is currently returning to Mashhad with passengers.”

It was the first flight between the two countries since the Taliban returned to power August 15.

The Iranian Civil Aviation Agency announced a flight to Kabul on August 16 for security reasons.

Earlier, Mahan Air operated two flights a week between Mashhad and Kabul.

Mahan Air, Iran’s second-largest airline after the Iranian airline, has been on the blacklist of companies targeted by US sanctions against Iran since 2011.

According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the Islamic Republic hosts more than 3.46 million Afghans, most of whom are refugees or illegal immigrants, representing more than 4% of Iran’s population.

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