Afghan flag carrier resumes flights to Paris

26th May 2004, Comments 0 comments

KABUL, May 26 (AFP) - Afghanistan's national flag carrier resumed flights to the French capital after more than a decade's hiatus Wednesday, making it the airline's second European destination, an official said.

KABUL, May 26 (AFP) - Afghanistan's national flag carrier resumed flights to the French capital after more than a decade's hiatus Wednesday, making it the airline's second European destination, an official said.

"Today's (Wednesday's) flight was the beginning of Ariana's flights to Paris," Mohammed Nader Fayaz, commercial deputy chairman for Ariana Afghan Airlines, told AFP.

"We will have at least one flight each week - if there are more passengers we will make it twice," he said, adding that the last Ariana flight to Paris was shortly before the civil war began in 1992.

Fayaz said that one of Ariana's three Airbus planes, which were donated by India in 2002, will operate between Kabul and Paris each Wednesday.

The government-owned company regularly flies between Kabul and New Delhi, Islamabad and Dubai among several other destinations in the region. It flies less frequently to Frankfurt, Moscow and Istanbul.

Ariana, which used to serve western Europe and the former Soviet-bloc, suspended most operations during the 1992 to 1996 civil war which wrecked much of Kabul including the city's international airport.

International flights were curtailed and eventually stopped during the subsequent Taliban regime due to sanctions.

Six of Ariana's eight planes were bombed in the US-led invasion of Afghanistan following the September 11, 2001 attacks.

© AFP

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