EghtesadOnline: Forty-eight foreign airlines are currently operating flights to and from Iran, said Iran Civil Aviation Organization’s Spokesman Reza Jafarzadeh, adding that 18 of these companies have resumed operations with Iran over the past two years.
Noting that restoration of Iran’s relations with other countries after the conclusion of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the formal name of the nuclear deal Iran signed with world powers in 2015, has paved the way for Iran’s reconnection to major world destinations.
“Iran’s geostrategic location and ever-increasing market demand has always been a fertile ground for the establishment of new flights,” Jafarzadeh was quoted as saying by CAO’s news portal.
KLM resumed flights between Amsterdam and Tehran in October 2016, after a three-year hiatus. The resumption, part of a planned Air France-KLM comeback, includes four return flights from the Dutch capital per week, Financial Tribune reported.
Paris-Tehran flights also were resumed by Air France earlier than the previously scheduled date in January 2016.
British Airways resumed direct flights to and from the Iranian capital on September 1, 2016, after four years.
Lufthansa has been flying non-stop once again between Munich and Tehran as of July. With this new connection, Lufthansa Group is expanding its daily offer with a Boeing B747-400 from Frankfurt after the removal of anti-Iran sanctions.
A Thai Airways’ plane landed in Tehran early October. The flag carrier’s launch of four flights per week substantially increased the number of Iranian arrivals to Thailand and likewise Thai visitors to the Islamic Republic.
Kazakhstan’s Air Astana launched a new non-stop flight from Almaty to Tehran late June. Flights operate three times a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and will be served by Embraer 190 aircraft.