AFP correspondents reported that over 100 passengers, including Americans, landed in Doha on Thursday after flying out of Kabul airport, the first flight ferrying out Westerners since the US-led evacuation concluded.
Doha, a major transit point for Afghan migrants, said it worked with Turkey to quickly reopen Kabul’s airport to allow people and aid to flow freely.
About the flight
The Qatar Airways flight landed at Doha’s Hamad International Airport on Thursday, marking the first successful flight of its kind since the tumultuous evacuation of more than 120,000 people ended last month.
“Canadians, Americans, Ukrainians, Germans, British people, and others” are among the nationalities represented on board.
Kabul airport became a heartbreaking emblem of despair among Afghans fearful of the Taliban’s return to power in the days following the Taliban’s onslaught.
Kabul airport after Taliban’s take over Afghanistan:
Thousands of people flocked to its gates every day, with some clinging to planes as they took off.
A suicide bombing near the airport on August 26 claimed by the Islamic State group’s local affiliate killed more than 100 people, including 13 US personnel.
According to an aviation source, Afghanistan’s Civil Aviation Authority is prepared to begin operating more flights from Kabul. According to the source, both major Afghan carriers, Kam Air and Ariana Afghan Airlines, intend to relaunch various routes.
Qatari and Taliban officials inspected the tarmac at Kabul airport earlier in the day, where the Qatar Airways Boeing 777 was parked.
Taliban’s reaction after the first flight:
In a message posted on an official account, the Taliban’s acting foreign minister, Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaki, congratulated Qatari special envoy Mutlaq Al-Qahtani for his country’s efforts in resuming flights from Kabul International Airport.
For the past ten days, a Qatari technical team has been in Afghanistan assisting Afghan officials with the restoration of airport operations.
“Some of the passengers do not have the necessary papers,” the Taliban stated.