Sanandaj Airport wishes to increase the number of flights to Tehran due to a surging demand from the population in the Kurdistani provincial capital in Iran.
The route is today served once a day by Qeshm Air and Iran Aseman Airlines with plans to further increase the service to 3 daily in the near future. The airport director Mohsen Seyfzadeh said in an interview with the Iranian Airport Company (IAC) that most of the airlines prefer to operate their flights to airports nearby Sanandaj due to the difficult geographic position the airport is situated in. Besides, Sanandaj Airport has not been the most profitable destination in the past couple of years with Air Arabia, as an example, withdrawing flights to the airport after only a few weeks. Another mentioned reason is the airlines’ constantly shrinking air fleets that cannot meet the given demand.
As the airport is currently negotiating with various airlines to launch the new daily flights, Mr Seyfzadeh expects most of the problems to have been eliminated in the next 2 months.
In the future, Sanandaj Airport aspires to establish new connections to Kish Island and Istanbul, Turkey. During the years 2012-2013, Iran Aseman Airlines served flights to Sulaymaniyah, Iraq on a regular basis however, the service was discontinued due to aircraft shortage. The service was mostly used by the Iraqis who visited Sanandaj for medical purposes and it is viewed as a success by the airport director who wishes to resume the route soon.
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