Wednesday, 05 October, 2016

European Airlines Set to Resume Flights to Tehran


A top Iranian aviation official says that several European airlines will resume their flights to Iran after nearly five years.

The Thursday report in IRAN daily quotes Mohammad Khodakarami, deputy head of Iran’s civil aviation authority, as saying British Airways officials visited Tehran on Tuesday to discuss resumption of flights. He did not elaborate.

Willie Walsh, the chief executive of British Airways (BA), has suggested that the airline would like to reinstate direct flights to Tehran, the Iranian capital.

“We are very interested in flying to Tehran and we are hopeful that it will form part of BA’s network in the very near future,” Walsh said at a Global Airfinance conference in Dublin last week. “We are actively looking at it as a destination,” he added, according to a report in Business Travel News.

Khodakarami also said both Air France and Dutch flagship KLM have already announced their readiness to resume flights to Iran.

Earlier in December 2015, Air France-KLM (AIRF.PA) announced that it will resume flights between Paris and Tehran from April 2016. The airline said three weekly flights would begin from April

European carriers stopped their flights to Iran after the West imposed sanctions on Iran over its nuclear ambitions.

Currently Iran’s national carrier, Iran Air has three weekly flights to London as well as two weekly flights each to Paris and Amsterdam.

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