Tarinkot Airport, also known as Tarin Kowt Airport, is identified as a multipurpose domestic airport located in southeastern Afghanistan, some two kilometers south of Tarinkot, the capital city of the province of Urozgan. It is found 97 kilometers north of Kandahar, another city in Afghanistan, and 330 kilometers south-southwest of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul. It was built by the Afghan government to serve the people of Urozgan province, as well as that of the neighboring Daykundi Province, which was then partitioned in 2004.
Aside from providing commercial services to civilians, the airport is also used as a military and law-enforcement camp by the Afghan Air Force, the Afghan National Police, the United States military, and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). The presence of the military came during and after the wars. Camp Holland is located next to the airport's facilities, which serves as an important supply point for the above-mentioned camp.
In 2009, the airport started receiving flights from Kam Air, covering the route between the capital and Tarinkot thrice every week. The services were financially supported by the Dutch government as a way to contribute to the development of the Uruzgan region. Another airline, Afghan Jet International, also runs flights from Tarinkot to Kabul. The airport's facilities are limited to a 6,002-feet concrete runway, and a small terminal. Services include on site and in-flight security, although cargo services are not currently available from the airport.
Where to go
Kabul is the only route served by two airlines from the Tarinkot Airport. Kabul is the capital and the largest city of Afghanistan, and is the capital of Kabul Province, located in the country's eastern section. It has a population of around 3.2 million (2012), which includes Tajiks, Pashtuns, Hazaras, and smaller groups of Afghans belonging to other ethnic groups. It is the 64th largest city in the world by land area, and is the fifth fastest growing city in the world. Kabul's history and culture makes it a rather interesting place to visit. The city in itself is 3,500 years old, and many empires have controlled the city; a strategic location along the trade routes of South and Central Asia. It has been ruled by the Achaemenids, Seleucids, Mauryans, Kushans, Kabul Shahis, Saffarids, Ghaznavids, and Ghurids. Later, the Mughal empire controlled the city. Within the destination, travelers may visit the Gardens of Babur, the Abdul Rahman Mosque, the National Museum of Afghanistan, and the Qargha Reservoir.
Sadly, there are no short haul destinations from the airport. Travelers may head to the Hamid Karzai International Airport to look for these types of flights as the Tarinkot Airport does not offer any other flight routes aside from the Kabul-Tarinkot route.
The Tarinkot Airport, as well as the Hamid Karzai International Airport, does not have direct long haul services on tow. Travelers who are looking for these types of flights must fly out to the latter, then fly to bigger airports such as the Ataturk Airport in Turkey or the Indira Gandhi International Airport in India, then fly to more destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Americas.
How to get out
The Tarinkot Airport does not have other flights aside from those going to Kabul. Travelers who are looking for more flights should head to the Hamid Karzai International Airport and fly out of the country through there. The Hamid Karzai International Airport is the main airport serving the city of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. Kabul's airport is served by Afghan Jet International, Air India, Ariana Afghan Airlines, Emirates, Flydubai, Spicejet, and others.
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