Resumed Turkish Airlines flight arrives in Afghanistan

A Turkish Airlines plane from Türkiye's Istanbul arrives at the Kabul International Airport in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, May 21, 2024. [Xinhua]

A Turkish Airlines plane arrived at the Kabul International Airport on Tuesday morning, as the national flag carrier of Türkiye resumed its flights to Afghanistan following almost three years of suspension.

Welcoming the step as a sign of friendly development in bilateral relations, Ghulam Jilani Wafa, a senior advisor for the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation, said he hopes more airliners could resume flights to Kabul as the airport has met international standards.

"The aerial bridge between the Republic of Türkiye and the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan once again assures us that the Republic of Türkiye and the Turkish people stand alongside us in any circumstances," Wafa said.

"Air travel and the flights flying to Kabul and vice versa would have a positive impact on cultural and economic relations between the two countries," Wafa said.

The Turkish Airlines is scheduled to conduct four round-trip flights between Istanbul and Kabul per week.