Austrian Airlines resumes flights to Tehran after year-long break
Carrier says the commercial environment that led to the halt in flights has improved since Tehran and six world powers reached a framework nuclear agreement last November.
Austrian Airlines had announced the resumption of flights to Iran, after a year-long break attributed to "commercial reasons." Flights will resume in March.
Austria's flag carrier on Sunday confirmed local media reports that flights to Tehran would resume from March 11, attributing the decision, in a statement on its website, to the “current stability” in the country.
“The Iran-Austria air link has been suspended since the beginning of 2013 until now due to the Austrian airline’s revenue problems, and after that the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Airline (Iran Air) undertook to transfer travelers via the Tehran-Vienna route on its own,” an Iranian official was quoted as saying.
According a statement by the Austrian carrier in January of 2013, the commercial reasons for halting flights included "the strong inflation of the Iranian currency, the rial, and the effects of the economic and political sanctions on the ground in Iran.”
International sanctions over Iran's rogue nuclear program contributed to the nosedive of the Iranian rial last year. The currency has begun to recover since the administration of President Hassan Rohani clinched a historic nuclear deal with major world powers in November.
Under the deal, Iran agreed to roll back parts of its nuclear program in exchange for modest sanctions relief and the return of billions of dollars in frozen Iranian assets.
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