Direct flights between Afghanistan and China resume with Ariana Afghan Airline landing in Urumqi

Direct flights between Afghanistan and China resumed on Wednesday, with the state owned Ariana Afghan Airlines landing in Urumqi, China.

The Taliban’s Deputy Minister of Transportation and Civil Aviation, Ghulam Jailani Wafa, said that resumption of direct flights between China and Afghanistan will help improve political and economic relations between the two sides.

The Chinese ambassador to Afghanistan, Wang Yu, said that the resumption of flights was a “good opportunity” to strengthen relations between the two countries. He also called for further facilitation of visa issuance.

Speaking to the press at Kabul Airport, the head of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Investment (ACCI), Mohammad Yunus Momand, said that the Taliban wanted to create a market for Chinese investment in Afghanistan,.

The interruption of direct flights between Afghanistan and China occurred following the collapse of the previous government and the subsequent Taliban takeover of the country in August 2021.