An Afghan cargo plane carrying 62 tons of cargo landing in Delhi on June 19 marked the opening of the air corridor established between India and Afghanistan.
The flight was as much for business as it was politically symbolic, with Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj being present at the New Delhi airport to receive the first plane as part of the air corridor program between Kabul and New Delhi.
The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked the Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani for the initiative to launch the Afghanistan-India air corridor.
Modi expressed optimisms regarding the inauguration of the air corridor as he welcomed the arrival of the first flight to New Delhi from Kabul.
In a twitter post, Modi said “Happy to welcome the first Air Freight Corridor flight from Kabul.”
“Direct connectivity between India and Afghanistan will usher prosperity. I thank President @ashrafghani for the initiative,” he said in another twitter post in his official twitter account.
According to the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries officials, the first flight transported cargo worth $11 million, mainly consisting of medicinal herbs, said Khaama Press.
The Indian Embassy in Kabul says that second flight as part of the air corridor initiative will take place in the near future and will transport around 4 tons of fresh fruits to New Delhi.