Safi Airways ventures beyond Middle East with planned Frankfurt service from Kabul

Image: Safi Airways
Safi Airways this week added a second weekly frequency on its route from Kabul to Abu Dhabi.

With a fleet of two 737-300s and a 767, Dubai-based Safi Airways operates a growing regional network of scheduled routes from its operational base in Kabul, Afghanistan. This week a second-weekly frequency to Abu Dhabi was launched to complement existing domestic services to Herat, Kandahar and Mazar and regional services to Dubai, Kuwait and Sharjah.

Tilmann Gabriel, President/CEO of Safi Airways stated: “We are extremely pleased to open up a route into Abu Dhabi, which as the city and Emirate represents a key market as we move to extend our international network. We are certain that the Abu Dhabi – Kabul route will serve a growing number of passengers travelling between our two countries, and we are convinced that growing demand will enable us to increase our frequencies in the future.”

Route Weekly frequency
Kabul – Abu Dhabi 2
Kabul – Dubai 11
Kabul – Herat 6
Kabul – Kandahar 2
Kabul – Kuwait 1
Kabul – Mazar-e-Sheriff 2
Kabul – Sharjah 2
Dubai – Kandahar 1
Dubai – Mazar-e-Sheriff 1
Herat – Mazar-e-Sheriff 2
Source: Safi Airways website for June

Competition at Kabul airport comes from Ariana Afghan Airlines (to Dubai and Mazar-e-Sheriff) and Kam Air (to Dubai). The only other airlines currently operating scheduled services to and from Kabul are Indian Airlines (to Delhi), Iran Aseman Airlines (to Mashad) and PIA (to Islamabad and Peshawar).

Image: Safi Airways route launch advert

In mid-June the airline launches its first European route when it begins thrice-weekly flights to Frankfurt using its 767. How influential the airline’s new German Chief Commercial Officer Claus Fischer (ex-Nas Air and ex-dba) was in this decision is not known.


  1. If i influenced this decision for Safi to fly Kabul Frankfurt ? The plan was already there when we joined – the “C” Team just had to made sure out of a dream ) becomes reality (slots, traffic rights). But the recent award of ICAO compliancy as first and only afghani carrier might just help to build up the confidence needed to get exapts to fly with us.
    Claus Fischer
    Safi Airways

  2. James Pearson says:

    In addition to Ariana, Kam and Safi, Pamir also flies Kabul-Dubai. It also flies Kabul-Delhi.

  3. James Pearson says:

    Dubai-Kabul has a total of 45 weekly frequencies:

    Ariana = 6
    Kam = 7
    Pamir = 21
    Safi = 11

  4. Sandal Dominic says:

    Congrats Safi & team especially Claus Fischer, Tilman & Rahim.
    God bless u with more strength.

    Amid the crisis & flue fear, u have taken up a great challenge, hope the decisions will bring good results.

    It was also told Safi is begining Sheduled flights to London, when can we expect it?
    More than speculations is there any new other routes in workbook to be launched in coming weeks?

    Sandal Dominic.
    .a well wisher.

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