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EghtesadOnline: The UK’s flagship airline, British Airways (BA), is set to resume direct flights to Iran for the first time in four years after sanctions against the Islamic Republic were lifted earlier in 2016.

The British airline announced it will initially operate six return flights per week between London and Tehran, then progress to a daily service before the end of the year, reports ISNA.

 “The Iranians have been extremely helpful in setting up this important new route and have been as keen as we are for the service to start,” a BA spokesman said.

“Tehran is an important destination for British Airways and we wanted to ensure that the service we offered met the highest standards our customers rightly expect of us from day one.”

BA has become the second European airline to resume flights into the country since Air France re-established routes in April.

Last August, the British embassy in Tehran reopened after four years.

Iran sanctions British Airways Iran-Britain flights