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Book a flight: which European airlines have resumed flying to Iran after sanctions lifting?

Several European airlines have resumed their flights to Iran following a landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers in July 2015.

Air France, Germany’s Lufthansa and British Airways have already resumed flying to Iran after a several years’ break.

Austrian Airlines also plans to launch direct flights to Isfahan from Today, September 04.

Meanwhile, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will resume services to Tehran from October 30, the airline said earlier.

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

Iran says it is also considering direct flights to the United States. Direct flights stopped between the two countries more than three decades ago. Iran and the United States severed air links when Washington broke relations in 1979 after Iranian militants stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and held the occupants hostage.

Here is a brief look at those European airlines which have already resumed flying to Iran and those planning to launch direct flights to Iran soon:

Air France

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The first Air France flight between Paris and Tehran landed in the Islamic republic’s capital on April 17 after a 8-year break.

The airline’s route had been suspended since 2008 because of international sanctions against Iran over its controversial nuclear programme.

Flight AF738 from Roissy-Charles de Gaulle touched down at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini international airport.

French Transport Minister Alain Vidalies was on board, along with members of a delegation some 15-strong who spent two days in the Iranian capital.

At a welcoming ceremony Vidalies said he was “proud of the resumption of these direct flights” and said being “able to move between Paris and Tehran was crucial… for entering into partnerships”.

Iran’s deputy transport minister, Ali Abedzadeh, said he was happy to see the Air France service resume.

Frederic Gagey, the airline’s chief executive, spoke of its “great pride in returning to Iran”.

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


Lufthansa

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Lufthansa German Airlines launched a new service between Munich and Tehran on July 4.

German airliner announced that Tehran will be served 3 times a week, likewise with an Airbus A330-300. The flights take off on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Lufthansa announced in October last year that it will resume direct flight from Munich to Tehran on 14 April 2016, but the service was delayed due to operational reasons.

The flight route between Munich and Tehran was previously offered by Lufthansa between April 2004 and the summer of 2006.


British Airways

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British Airways resumed direct flights from London to Tehran on September 01, after suspending them four years ago.

BA, which offered the first scheduled flights between London and Tehran in 1946, ended its three-times-a-week service in October 2012, a year after the British embassy was closed in the Iranian capital.

BA is be the first British carrier to offer a direct route since the lifting of economic sanctions was signaled in the wake of a historic nuclear deal between Iran and the US.

British Airways has said it will run flights six days a week from London Heathrow.

The service from Heathrow Terminal 5 will be operated by a four-class Boeing 777.

Return fares to Tehran start from £384 for economy class, £728 for Economy Plus, £2163 for Business and £3763 for First class.


Austrian Airlines

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Starting from Today, September 4, 2016, Austria’s national carrier will take off three times each week to the Iranian commercial center of Isfahan.

The airline will operate an Airbus A320 aircraft to offer flight service to the Iranian city at a distance of 4,200 kilometers from Vienna Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Austrian Airlines has expanded its existing portfolio of up to fourteen weekly flights to Tehran by adding Isfahan, thus increasing its offering to Iran to up to 17 flights each week.

Austrian Airlines will fly to Isfahan the entire year. The duration of the journey from Vienna to Isfahan is about 4 hours 40 minutes.


KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will resume services to the Iranian capital of Tehran from October 30, the airline said.

Four weekly services will be operated between Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport and Tehran, and will complement the Paris-Tehran service operated by Air France since April 16, 2016.

Flight KL0433 will depart from Amsterdam at 17.40 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, arriving in Tehran at 01.20 (local time).

The return flight, KL0434, will depart from Tehran at 03.20, arriving in Amsterdam at 06.45.

The flights will be operated with a Boeing 777-200 in a three-class configuration with 34 business seats, 40 seats in economy comfort and 242 seats in economy.

Tehran will be the 14th new destination KLM has added to its network in 2016.

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1 Comment

  1. Amir

    September 4, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    What else do we want? US- Iran relationship in full course. Opening embassies and more, but! with mutual respect, specially from American side. Iranians are not sheep anymore that so-called dogs can take orders from shepherds( multi-billion Dollars corporations) to accomplish there hidden nasty ideas- lower the sheep and take over their entire souls.
    The shepherds should know that Iran in not Iraq or Afghanistan, or not even others in the past. Mutual friendship should always be respected and allowed. Thanks guys,,

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