Pakistan International Airlines operated the first international flight to Kabul

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A Pakistan International Airlines plane carrying several passengers landed at Kabul airport on September 13, 2021. An international commercial flight, the first since the Taliban returned to power in Afghanistan and operated by Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), took off from Islamabad to Kabul.

The PIA-operated Boeing 777 landed in Kabul around 10:30 local time (06:00 UTC), carrying only a few people. "There was no one on board, about ten people, maybe more crew members than passengers.", described an AFP journalist who was on board this aircraft that traveled from Islamabad.

On Sunday, a PIA spokesman confirmed this first flight to Kabul, saying that the PIA wants these flights to be regular.

Two charter flights operated by Qatar Airways took off last week, with foreigners and Afghans on board, people who could not be evacuated at first.

On September 3, the Afghan public airline Ariana Airlines also announced resumption of domestic flights.

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