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Kabul International Airport

The Kabul international airport (KBL) was built by engineers from the Soviet Union in 1960 when Afghanistan was trying to catch up with other developed countries in all areas, including tourism. The government planned to attract travelers from the US, India, and Europe through transit flights. However, their plans were disrupted in 1979 when the civil war broke out in Afghanistan, and the airport was used by President Najibullah and the Soviet Union until the withdrawal of Soviet troops from the country.

In 1992, the airport came under the control of the Mujahideen and was managed by them for several years until the Taliban took over.

After the terrorist attacks in the US on September 11, 2001, NATO forces entered Afghanistan. A month later, the Kabul airport was destroyed along with the planes on the platform by the US Armed Forces.

In 2006, the Afghan government adopted a project to restore and develop the international Kabul airport, with the help of Japan. The plan included building a new modern terminal costing $35 million and increasing the passenger traffic to 100,000 by 2011.

The new international terminal was opened on November 6, 2008, in the presence of Afghan President Hamid Karzai. The existing terminal was renovated and used for domestic flights, and a new radar system was installed in February 2010. The airport is planned to be brought up to all international standards by the end of the year.

In 2023, Kabul International Airport will serve several national and international destinations. Ariana and Kam Air are still the airlines with the largest number of destinations.

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