Domestic Carrier Opens New Flight Route to Faryab

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Fledgling domestic carrier East Horizon Airlines made its first flight to northern Faryab province on Sunday, a move welcomed by Faryab officials and residents to improve their connections to other parts of the country.

"This is the first Afghan domestic airline launched in the country to have direct flights between Maimana [the capital of Faryab] and Herat," deputy provincial governor Abdul Satar Barez said.

Plans are underway to introduce flights to Faizabad, Ghazni, Daikundi and Farah provinces, depending on security, the airline said.

"Security is very important. We will have flights to the areas with a security clearance from security officials -- we schedule our flights according to that," East Horizons chief executive Jahed Azimi told TOLOnews on Monday.

East Horizons (Ufuq Sharq) first flight was about one year ago. Its other scheduled flights connect the country's capital Kabul with Cheghcheran city in Ghor province, Bamiyan city in Bamiyan, Kunduz city in Kunduz and Tarin Kot in Uruzgan.

The initial investment of the 100 percent Afghan-owned company is more than $20m with two airplanes and two more planes will be purchased in the future, Azimi said.

Jahed Azimi was deputy minister of Transport & Civil Aviation prior to his position at East Horizons, and was also formerly president of Ariana Afghan Airlines and domestic carrier Kam Air.

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