Air cargo service set to run between India and Afghanistan

Cargo plane loading.

India and Afghanistan are set to start a dedicated air cargo service over Pakistan in the next couple of days, according to reports in the Indian media.

Reports claim it will help increase bilateral trade hampered by their troubled ties with Pakistan, which disallows Indian goods along the road route.

The Hindu’s online edition quotes a spokerperson from the Indian Ministry of External Affairs as saying the freight corridor between India and Afghanistan is on the “verge of becoming a reality”.

The spokesperson said the decision to have a was taken during Afghanstan President Ashraf Ghani’s visit to India in December last year, as both look to improve connectivity between the two countries. He adds the plan is to operate the air cargo service with a frequency of once a month, or every two weeks.

The road link between the two countries passes through Pakistan, which allows only Afghanistan to send a limited amount of goods to India.