Dubai: Safi Airways, Afghanistan's international carrier, has announced interline agreements with Lufthansa, United Airlines, Emirates and Qatar Airways.

These agreements, effective from February, allow passengers travelling to and from Kabul to international destinations served by these partners to enjoy single-fare tickets and reduced lead time.

The deal with United Airlines will be of special interest to US citizens. The day flights from Kabul to Frankfurt with Safi Airways on to United flights to major US cities with a connecting time of just two and a half hours fulfil the conditions of the Fly America Act.

Interline tickets will be available from February 1.

Qatar Airways will offer fares via the new Safi route from Kabul to Doha from March 13 with three weekly flights to the Qatar Airways hub. Daily flights will be introduced later this year.

These agreements mean passengers will require only one ticket to their destinations. Safi Airways will, however, not be code-sharing with its partner airlines, which means that the Safi flight number will be valid throughout the passenger's journey.

Further, passengers holding these interline tickets are entitled to standard treatment in case of flight interruptions.