Sunday, 25 August, 2019

Iran, British Airways to sign MoU this week

Iran says it will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with UK airline British Airways this week.

“British Airways officials will visit Tehran this week to sign a MoU with Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization (CAO).” Iran’s Mehr News Agency quoted Deputy Head of CAO for Aviation and International Affairs Mohammad Khodakarami as saying.

In early February, British Airways (BA) confirmed it is re-launching direct flights from London to Iran, announcing the passengers will be able to fly direct from London Heathrow Terminal 5 to Tehran from July 14.

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

Khodakarami noted, “Air France officials traveled to Iran about two months ago and sealed an MoU with CAO on direct Tehran-Paris flights. Frankfurt-Tehran flights will also increase while the flights by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines on the Amsterdam-Tehran route will resume after a three-year break.”

“Alitalia Airlines has increased its weekly Rome-Tehran flights from four to seven while Air Asia Airlines Company has voiced its readiness to resume flights to Iran after the Malaysian company had suspended its flights to Iran in 2014.”, he added.

Khodakarami also announced the readiness of the three airlines as well as Malaysia’s Air Asia and two unidentified Japanese and Spanish airlines to operate to Iran.

European carriers suspended flights to Iran after the West imposed sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program.

“Following Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers, several European airlines seek to resume flights to the country,” said Khodakarami.

Recently, Iran said it is also considering direct flights to the United States while direct flights between the two countries were stopped more than three decades ago.

File photo of an Iranian Aseman Airlines’ plane preparing to take off near a British Airways airplane at Tehran’s Mehrabad airport (Photo credit: dailystar.com)

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