Yesterday, Lufthansa Group officials visited Tehran to celebrate Lufthansa’s 60 years of service to Iran. The German national carrier has drastically increased its presence in Iran from 7 to 27 weekly flights in only two and a half years. Lufthansa’s daily Frankfurt – Tehran service has been longest on the route map, with new additions of a 3-weekly Munich service and a twice-daily service to Vienna operated by Austrian Airlines. The routes had previously been operated but were discontinued due to the sanctions.
The Austrian airline has of late broke new ground in Iran with ambitious plans. The service to Tehran has tripled since its launch and Isfahan became their second Iranian destination with a 3-weekly service in September. Now, the airline is seeking its third destination, something no European airline ever has done.
Before the celebrations in Tehran, 3 officials from the Lufthansa Group visited Shiraz. They inspected the airport’s facilities and held talks with regional travel agencies and hotels concerning a new route to Vienna. The airline operating this service will be Austrian Airlines, which already expressed interest in launching this route in July 2015. In addition, Shiraz is currently in talks with 3 other European airlines.
The airline officials expressed their readiness to launch the route as soon as possible, preferably before the deadline in March 2017. In March, Shiraz Airport plans to receive two flights from Vienna with tourists from Linz and Graz.
More news on route developments in Iran can be found here.
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