Domestic Flights resume in Afghanistan’s Kabul Airport, without functional Radar

epaselect epa09448659 Passengers board a Boeing 737-4Y0 of Ariana Afghan Airlines for a domestic flight, after flight operations resumed across Afghanistan, at Ahmad Shah Baba International Airport in Kandahar, Afghanistan, 05 September 2021. Afghanistan's major airprots re-opened for domestic flights and Afghanistan's main currency exchange and financials on 04 September, as the Taliban pressed ahead with attempts to foster a sense of normality weeks after they swept to power. EPA-EFE/STRINGER

Kabul’s Airport has re-opened with domestic flights taking off for the cities of Herat, Kandahar and Balkh, despite no working radar. An airport official said 3 more flights have been planned for September 5, 2021.

The news of the domestic flights comes as efforts continue to reopen the Airport for international flights, a key step for humanitarian aid to enter the country and to allow refugees to leave.

The resumption of domestic flights sees the Taliban cementing its civilian control of the country, as it faces challenges, including international scepticism, a freeze on government reserves and meeting the expectations of fighters who fought 2 decades for victory.

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