An Ariana Afghan Airlines Airbus A310-300 (Photo: André Wadman [GFDL 1.2 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html) or GFDL 1.2 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html)], via Wikimedia Commons)

Advancing Afghanistan: The Recent Surge in Competition in the Afghan Airline Industry

For years, the country of Afghanistan has seen its flag carrier operating mostly unopposed within the country, with the hardest competition coming from a few carriers rapidly coming and going in the 1990s. However, the flag carrier of Afghanistan, Ariana Afghan Airlines, has seen a rise in competition since the mid-2000s, with the potential to challenge its monopoly on airline travel in the country. Ariana Afghan Airlines Founded in 1955, Ariana Afghan is currently owned by the state-controlled Pashtany Bank and…