Airlines Keen on Returning to Iran

Many airlines have expressed their will to return to Iran. The sanctions have caused economic instability in Iran which frightened many investors in the country, not least the airlines.

Now when the sanctions are removed, several airlines that previously operated Iran are keen to return. That applies to airlines that previously did not operate in Iran as well.

The first airline to announce its comeback was Air France that will operate Paris – Tehran with three weekly flights from 18 April 2016, by an A320.

In this way, Air France is illustrating its ambition to expand in a country with buoyant growth, as the European Union is Iran’s fourth mist important economic partner, Air France said in a Press Release.

Other airlines such as KLM, Air Asia X, Air Astana, LOT and British Airways have also expressed their interest in commecing routes to Iran.

Air Astana will start operations from Almaty to Tehran beginning with three weekly flights, operated by E190, starting in June 2016. They will share this route with the Iranian private airline, Mahan Air, which operates two weekly flights. An indeterminate airline will also commence the first servixe between the respective capitals, Astana and Tehran. The other airlines will start flights from their capitals to Tehran.

“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,” International Airlines Group (British Airways), CEO Willie Walsh told the Airlines Economics conference in Dublin

“We are actively looking at it [Tehran] as a destination,” he added.

The airlines will most likely announce their readiness of entering the Iranian air market in the very near future.


Photo: Pedro Aragão