On Sunday, the Taliban administration in Afghanistan called for the resumption of foreign flights, promising full cooperation with airlines and claiming that problems at Kabul airport had been handled.
Following the collapse of the Western-backed government last month, the new administration has stepped up efforts to open up the country and obtain international acceptability, according to the foreign affairs ministry’s statement.
The airport has been serving a small number of assistance and passenger planes. However, typical business services have yet to restart after the chaotic departure of tens of thousands of foreigners and vulnerable Afghans that followed the Taliban’s control of the capital.
The airport, which was destroyed during the evacuation, has subsequently reopened with the help of Qatari and Turkish technical experts.
While certain airlines, such as Pakistan International Airlines, have provided limited services and some passengers have been able to board flights, airfares have been reported to be many times more than normal.
The suspension of international flights, said to Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Qahar Balkhi, has left many Afghans trapped overseas and prohibited individuals from travelling for business or study.
“Now that the challenges at Kabul International Airport have been resolved and the airport is fully operational for domestic and international flights, the IEA assures all airlines of its complete cooperation,” he said, referring to the Taliban’s new government as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.
Since assuming power, the Taliban have faced a serious economic crisis and have come under fire for issues ranging from girls’ education to charges of retaliation against former officials and others linked with the previous government.