An Afghan Airlift That Makes Money

SpiceJet profits from Kabul’s sick seeking medical care in India
A SpiceJet plane prepares to land at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai on May 23, 2013 Photograph by Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Bibihaji Zia returned to Kabul in August after knee surgery in New Delhi. She flew on SpiceJet, the only private Indian carrier with direct flights to war-torn Afghanistan. “There are hospitals in Afghanistan, but the quality of medicine is the biggest issue,” says Zia’s son, Sediq. “Getting Indian visas is easy. The alternative, Pakistan, is less secure and less friendly.”

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