September 18, 2021

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UN: Humanitarian Air Service resumes operations in Afghanistan

From 2002 to 2021, the Humanitarian Air Service of Afghanistan served more than 20 destinations in the country.

The United Nations Humanitarian Aviation Service is renewing its air operations in Afghanistan to allow 160 organizations to continue their operations in Afghan provinces. The United Nations announced this on Thursday. The report was brought by the Associated Press.

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that the passenger air transport operated by the World Food Program links the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, the city of Mazar-i-Sharif in the north, and Kandahar in the southeast of Afghanistan.

According to the WPF, three flights have been made to Mazare Sharif since Sunday, and efforts are underway to increase the number of such operations as soon as possible, the AP wrote.

Dujarric added that an air cargo bridge is also being established to transport non-food items, such as medical or other emergency supplies, where they are most needed.

A UN spokesman said UN passenger air transport would need $18 million (15.1 million euros) to continue operations, while the air freight bridge would need $12 million (10.1 million euros).

“From 2002 to 2021, the Humanitarian Air Service in Afghanistan served more than 20 destinations in the country…and will strive to return to these places as soon as the security situation and funding permit,” a UN spokesperson said.

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