Passengers trying to fly out of Kabul International Airport amid the Taliban offensive wait in the terminal in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Aug. 13, 2021. As a Taliban offensive squeezes in on the gates of the Afghan capital, there’s increasingly only one way out for those fleeing the war and one way in for the U.S. troops tasked with backing the American diplomats still on the ground: Kabul’s international airport. (AP Photo/Tameem Akghar)

Over one month after the Taliban takeover and the deadly evacuation of nearly 150 thousand people from Kabul International Airport, the airport has officially been open and fully operational for both domestic and international flights from Sunday, September 19.

The national aviation administration of Afghanistan announced that the airport is operational 12 hours a day mainly from 6 am to 6 pm.

Officials in the administration have said that the first commercial international flight took off from the airport to Islamabad on Sunday, September 19 and they are to be continued.

They pledged that they are still trying hard to prepare the airport for flights by night.

The administration has asked UAE, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and other countries to resume flights to Kabul but they have only gotten a green signal from Pakistan and Iran for the time being.

The largest airport in Afghanistan has been inflicted damage worth nearly $20 million by the US marines before they complete the evacuation and the airport was later repaired by Qatari and Turkish technical teams.

Taliban are now securing the airport only and the former male and female Afghan personnel are asked to return to their jobs.

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  • Najibullah Lalzoy is a journalist and editor at Khaama Press. He has a BA degree in journalism.