The Ukrainian Aviation Authority has permitted three new air routes for two Ukrainian airlines, valid as of 29 February 2016. Here is the document published by the Ukrainian authority translated into English:
11. The air carriers have applied to obtain permission to operate new scheduled international air transport services from Ukraine to Iran and in the opposite direction.
Kiev – Tehran (Iran) – Kiev (2 flights per week) from 01MAR16 to 28FEB26. Operated by Dniproavia.
Dnipropetrovsk – Tehran (Iran) – Dnipropetrovsk (1 flight per week) from 01MAR16 to 28FEB26. Operated by Dniproavia.
Kiev – Shiraz (Iran) – Kiev (3 flights per week) from 01MAR16 to 28FEB66. Operated by Ukraine International Airlines.
Accordingly, a new airline Dniproavia is now allowed to operate 2 weekly flights between Kiev to Tehran from 1 March 2016 until 28 February 2026. The airline is also allowed to operate flights from Dnipropetrovsk to Tehran once weekly from 1 March 2016 until 28 February 2026.
Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) is now allowed to operate 3 weekly flights between Kiev to Shiraz from 1 March 2016 until 28 February 2066.
A number of Eastern European airlines have increased flights to Iran. Belarus’ Belavia recently increased its frequency to Tehran from one to two weekly flights as of 29 March 2016. Currently, UIA, Mahan Air and UM Air operate flights between Tehran and Kiev. Dnipropetrovsk would be a first for yet Tehran and Iran’s route network.
Shiraz, which only sees flights from international carriers like Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines will most likely benefit greatly from the addition of a new European route. Passengers flying between Europe and Shiraz usually connect via Turkish Airlines’ daily Istanbul service. With a strong presence in Iran, Turkish Airlines has expressed its interest to increase flights to Shiraz. UIA shares many of Turkish Airlines’ key destinations in Europe, for example London, Paris, Frankfurt, and London. Usually offering lower fares than Turkish Airlines and Qatar Airways, UIA could very well become a threat to Turkish Airlines’ established gateway connecting Shiraz to Europe. UIA currently offers daily connections from many major European cities to Tehran with competitive prices, reasonable transit times and on board products. Should UIA apply the same concept with 3 weekly flights to Shiraz, it could be a serious competitor to both Turkish Airlines and Qatar Airways.
It is worth mentioning that UIA recently increased its flights to Tehran.