KABUL, June 19 (Xinhua) -- The first-ever Afghanistan-India air cargo route was inaugurated here Monday, with the first flight leaving here for India on the same day.
The flight departed Kabul with a consignment of 60-ton goods, mostly medicinal plants.
Welcoming the step, Khan Jan Alkozai, the deputy chairman for Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries, said India is a good market for Afghan products, especially fresh and dry fruits.
The volume of transaction between Afghanistan and India, according to the official, is some 500 million U.S. dollars presently.
Afghan businessmen and traders are of the view that opening air cargo corridor will help increase the volume of trade between the two countries.
Next cargo flight with 40 tons of goods will take off from the southern Kandahar province to India next week, Alkozai added.