Aeroflot becomes the latest airline to resume flights to Tehran and Iran, with scheduled direct flights from Moscow for the first time since the suspension in April 2020. Prior to the suspension, the Russian flag carrier was one of the very few airlines still operating flights to Iran, due to the coronavirus situation, with a heavily reduced frequency of one weekly flight. Aeroflot operated between four and seven weekly flights during normal curcumstances. At one point, Qatar Airways and Aeroflot were the only foreign airlines present in Iran. Today, Qatar Airways, Emirates, Turkish Airlines, SalamAir, flydubai, and Air Arabia operate flights to Iran.
Since April 2020, flights between Tehran and Moscow have been operated on and off, mainly by Mahan Air as charter and scheduled flights. As of 18 November 2020, Aeroflot plans to operate two weekly flights between Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport and Tehran-IKA, with its Airbus A320 fleet. According to an announcement, the schedule is as follows and is currently valid until the end of the winter schedule (March 2021).
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Iran and Russia are currently working on implementing the visa-free agreement, allowing 15-day visits in Russia for tourist groups of five to 50 people, signed in March 2017. According to Tass, quoting the Russian Foreign Ministry, Russia is currently working on it and hope to implement the visa-free policy in the ‘near future’ but ultimately it depends on the two country’s coronavirus situation.