At a press conference arranged by Turkish Airlines, attended by Iranian media, the airline’s Western Iran manager announced the Turkish flag carrier’s new ambitions in Iran.
Turkish Airlines firstly announced that the airline’s flights to Kermanshah and Ahvaz will increase from 4 weekly to daily, according to Sepehr Press. Turkish Airlines’ commenced flights to Kermanshah in March 2013 with two weekly flights and added Ahvaz exactly two years later. Following the launch of Ahvaz flights, the service also increased to 4 weekly as the route from Istanbul to Kermanshah now included a stop in Ahvaz on two of the weekly flights. The same applied to Ahvaz’s flights with a stop in Kermanshah on two of the weekly flights.
Nonethelss as mentioned, the service is increased by 3 weekly flights to daily. How the new schedule will look is yet to be determined as the new schedule is waiting approval from Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization (CAO.IRI).
Moreover, Turkish Airlines Cargo will launch dedicated cargo flights to Kermanshah in 2-3 months and this will be the airline’s second cargo destination in Iran. Currently Tehran is solely served with 2 weekly flights connecting Istanbul to Karachi and Hanoi.
Following the increase of Kermanshah and Ahvaz flights, all the 7 served Iranian destinations are operated daily with Tehran being operated 5 times a day.
Exclusive plans were also revealed as Turkish Airlines announced that they will launch a new Iranian destination soon. The 8th Iranian city will either be Bandar Abbas, Yazd, Urmia or Rasht.
Yesterday, Tabriz Airport announced that they have received an inquiry from Turkish Airlines to increase the Istanbul – Tabriz flights. However, this was turned down by the airport management with the reference to instead allow the Iranian airlines on increasing this route.
Aviation Iran could in February 2016 report Turkish Airlines’ new plans for Iran including an increase of the Tehran flights to 9 daily. A few weeks ago the airline also launched a 2 weekly service from Konya to Tehran.
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