Tehran will get connected to one of Spain’s top tourist destinations Barcelona after months of planning and discussions. The route was supposed to be launched in 2016, together with a Madrid route but various factors led to the delay.
While the number of Spanish tourists visiting Iran has doubled since the nuclear deal’s implementation, Iranians have it rather difficult. Although the figures of Iranians visiting in Spain has increased, the growth is trimmed down due to the complicated visa process in Tehran. Iranians cannot benefit from the same visa-free regime that Iran applied towards Spain. In order to visit Spain, applicants must visit Spain’s Embassy in Tehran and be interviewed, as well as apply with documents translated into Spanish, not Persian nor English. On top of that, Iran lacks Spanish translators, complicating the process more.
However, this has not stopped the engagement. Today, Mahan Air announced the launch of a two-weekly service between Tehran and Barcelona from 22 June 2017, operated by Airbus A340. Flight W5136 departs Tehran on Thursdays and Sundays at 06:05 and arrives at 09:55 local time. The return flight, W5137, departs Barcelona on the same days at 13:10 and is back to Tehran at 21:00 local time. The flights are bookable until 26 October 2017.