Russia’s S7 Airlines is reportedly planning to enter the Iranian market with flights to Tehran starting in May 2017, Russian media reports.
The airline, also known as Siberia Airlines, performs regular flights from its bases in Moscow-Domodedovo and Novosibirsk-Tolmachevo to various domestic destinations as well as to Europe and Asia. Tehran-Imam Khomeini Airport prepares to welcome a third oneworld alliance member with the arrival of S7 Airlines. Since earlier, the alliance serves Tehran-IKA with multiple daily flights by Qatar Airways to Doha and British Airways to London.
Starting on 25 May 2017, S7 Airlines will operate two weekly flights from Moscow-Domodedovo to Tehran-IKA, the airline’s website displays. The route will be served by Airbus A319 on Mondays and Thursdays as flight S7951 to Tehran and S7952 back to the Russian capital. Alike most of Tehran-IKA’s foreign operated flights, S7 Airlines’ flights are scheduled to land during the midnight hours. The flight to Tehran departs at 20:35 local time and lands in Tehran at 01:45. The return from Tehran will be performed one hour after arrival and is set to arrive in Moscow at 04:55 local time.
The increase of flights between the two capitals has for a long time been a talking point for politicians. Last time, in November 2016, Iran’s Ambassador to Russia stressed the importance to boost flights between Iran and Russia.
S7 Airlines was in May 2016 permitted to operate flights between Iran and Russia. However, in contrary to the government’s announcement, a route from Moscow to Tehran was not the subject. In addition, the airline is permitted to operate flights to Isfahan and Mashhad.
Today, during the winter season, the number of weekly flights between Tehran and Moscow reaches to about seven, operated by Aeroflot, Iran Air and Mahan Air. During the summer season, the three airlines usually operate a total of eleven flights from Tehran to Moscow. Additionally, charter flights to St. Petersburg and Sochi are also initiated for the equivalent period.