Air France Flights to Iran Resume After 8 Years

The decision to resume flights to Iran comes after a landmark nuclear deal was reached between world powers in January.

Air France Airbus Paris-Teheran inaugural flight at Roissy Charles De Gaulle Airport, France, Sunday, April 17, 2016.
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An Air France passenger plane has landed in Tehran international airport, marking the resumption of Paris-Tehran flights.

The Sunday flight is the first Air France jet to land in Iran in eight years, following a landmark nuclear deal reached with world powers that went into effect in January.

The resumption of international flights to Tehran's Imam Khomenei International Airport is one of the tangible results of the deal, which capped Iranian nuclear activities in return for the lifting of economic sanctions. Iranians occasionally complain that the deal has not yet produced visible benefits.

Air France will fly to Iran three times a week. German carrier Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines also run several flights a week connecting Iran and Europe.