Iran: European Airlines Set to Resume Flights to Tehran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -
An aircraft of the Iranian government taxis before taking off to an unknown destination at Cointrin airport in Geneva, Switzerland January 17, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
An aircraft of the Iranian government at Cointrin airport in Geneva, Switzerland, Jan. 17. (Reuters/Denis Balibouse)

Iran’s state-owned newspaper is reporting that several European airlines will resume their flights to Iran after nearly five years.

The Thursday report in the IRAN Daily quotes Mohammad Khodakarami, deputy head of Iran’s civil aviation authority, as saying British Airways officials visited Tehran on Tuesday to discuss resumption of flights. He did not elaborate.

Khodakarami also said both Air France and Dutch flagship KLM have already announced their readiness to resume flights to Iran.

European carriers stopped their flights to Iran after the West imposed sanctions on Iran over its nuclear ambitions.

Currently, Iran’s national carrier, Iran Air, has three weekly flights to London as well as two weekly flights each to Paris and Amsterdam.