During the past week Iranian seniors have met with colleagues in Poland and Portugal. The both visited countries expressed a will to launch direct flights to Iran.
On Thursday, the Portuguese Deputy Foreign Minister met his Iranian counterpart and the discussions of a direct flight from Lisbon to Tehran were raised once again.
The people of Portugal are very much interested in visiting Iran’s historical sites, but lack of direct flights between the two countries prevents them from visiting Iran,” the Portuguese Deputy Foreign Minister Jorge Costa Oliveira said according to Farsnews.
In 2015, over 10 million people visited Portugal, noting a rise of 10% on the previous year. Also, around 15% of Portugal’s revenues rely on the tourism industry.
In January 2015, Iran and Portugal agreed to boost their cooperation in aviation by signing a 25-article MoU. Both parties are now keen to implement parts of the MoU, especially regarding the establishment of direct flights from Lisbon to Tehran, a service that is allowed 7 weekly flights according to another MoU signed in November 2015. Accordingly, the airlines Iran Air and Euro Atlantic are allowed to carry out flights between the two countries.
When Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, visited Poland on his European tour which started last week, the Iranian ambassador to Poland announced that flights between Iran and Poland will start and the outcome will have great impacts on the economy, tourism and culture.
Aviation Iran could exclusively reveal in January 2016 that LOT Polish Airlines has received permission to operate regular passenger, mail and cargo flights between Warsaw and Tehran.
According to the Iranian ambassador, Iran Air has also been given the permit to fly the same route and a launch from one of those two airlines can be expected in February or March 2017.
Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland