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India-Afghan air freight corridor: First flight in next 2 days

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The first flight under the dedicated India-air freight corridor will become operational in the next couple of days, thereby, making trade easier between the two countries.

The development is significant as does not allow use of its land for trade between and

"The first flight (under the dedicated India-air freight corridor) is likely to operate in next couple of days and will carry Indian goods to and their products to India," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said today.

The concept was discussed between the two countries during the visit of President Ashraf Ghani last year. It is aimed at providing the private sector in with a platform to increase their to

The project was also envisaged to enable traders to export Afghan products to the vast Indian market by air with minimum costs while circumventing the obstacles faced in the land route, which was denied by

Baglay has said the flight will fly over the airspace as it is a civil plane.

Baglay also said there would be a warm reception to the flight which would bring to Afghan products such as dry fruits to Delhi.

The first flight will be run by Afghanistan's Ariana Airlines.

He also said that the frequency of the flights under the project would be determined depending on commercial viability as it was a business venture which is supported greatly by the two governments.

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First Published: Fri, June 16 2017. 18:23 IST