Second air corridor launched to boost trade between India-Afghanistan
Source :NewsBharati   Date :28-Dec-2017

Mumbai, December 28: India and Afghanistan have launched the second air cargo route, linking Kabul to Mumbai on Wednesday. The objective of the air corridors is to boost the export of fresh fruits and medicinal plants from Afghanistan. The first route from Kabul to New Delhi was launched in June.


Inaugurating the second service in Kabul yesterday, Afghan Vice President Sarwar Danish said the air corridor is very important for Afghanistan. Danish said Afghanistan was emphasizing on regional cooperation with neighboring countries and had a clear policy in this regard.

“We want our neighbors to also pay care to economic cooperation in their political policies,” he said.

He said the Kabul-Mumbai air corridor was also a great achievement in economic area of Afghanistan. “We are focusing on our products export to the region and the world using this air corridor,” he added.

Afghanistan has exported 1,600 tons of fruits worth more than 20 million USD dollars to India via the air corridor so far.

Afghanistan was historically our window to the Central Asian land locked countries and was connected through long distance trade with the western part of India. The air connectivity now established through the air freight corridor will provide Afghanistan greater access to markets in India, and will allow Afghan businessmen to leverage India's economic growth and trade networks for its benefit.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Afghanistan leader had decided on opening direct air corridor in 2016 June.