US transfers Jalalabad airbase to Afghan government
By Sajad - Thu Jan 24 2013, 8:13 pm
Afghan transportation and aviation minister Daud Ali Najafi during his trip to eastern Nangarhar province on Thursday said civilians flights are going to start from Jalalabad airbase in the near future.
Mr. Najafi said, “It has recently been agreed to start civil aircraft flights from Jalalabad airbase and we are expecting to take control of this airbase during the security transition in the near future.”
Jalalabad airbase which is located around 5 kilometers away from the city is currently used for military purposes while previously it was used for civilian flights.
The airbase was previously used for the transportation of pilgrims to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia however the airfield was used for military purposes after 2003.
The airfield will also help to reduce the growing traffic in Kabul International Airport once civilian flights are started from eastern Jalalabad city.
This comes as a number of large development projects have been implemented in eastern Nangarhar province recently which borders neighboring Pakistan.
Afghan government also announced to implement development projects worth $150 million in eastern Jalalabad city.