Tuesday, 07 July, 2020

First Air France flight due to land in Tehran on April 17

Air France and Dutch flagship KLM will restart their weekly flights to Tehran on April 17 and May 1, respectively, said Hamidreza Seyyedi, an official with Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport.

Air France will resume flights to Iran after an eight-year hiatus due to sanctions on the Islamic Republic. KLM suspended flights to Iran in 2013.

Air France flights will take off four times per week (Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday), Seyyedi said, adding, KLM flights will take off three times per week (Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday), the IRNA news agency reported.

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.

British Airways has also confirmed it is relaunching direct flights from London to Iran from July. Passengers will be able to fly direct from London Heathrow Terminal 5 to Tehran from July 14, when the six-weekly service will launch.

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

The airline suspended the direct flights in October 2012 when British Midland International (BMI) became part of British Airways and the route was no longer deemed to be “commercially viable”.

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 on January. “We are actively looking at it as a destination,” he added, according to a report in Business Travel News.

International airlines have announced their intention to restart flights to Iran after a landmark nuclear agreement with Tehran went into effect in January.

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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