British Airways Will Resume Flights to Iranian Capital in Julyby
BA to provide six flights a week, going daily next winter
U.K. carrier to deploy Boeing 777s on Heathrow-Tehran route
British Airways said it will resume flights to Tehran on July 14 following last month’s international deal lifting sanctions imposed over Iran’s nuclear program.
The unit of IAG SA will initially serve the Middle Eastern country six times weekly from London Heathrow using Boeing Co. 777 jets in a four-class layout, before moving to a daily service next winter, it said Wednesday in a statement.
“Iran is a large and growing economy and Tehran is a brilliant business city so we are incredibly excited to be adding another gateway to the Middle East,” Neil Cottrell, BA’s network planning chief, said in the release.
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With a nuclear deal struck with the West, Iranian officials are looking toward “a new chapter.”
British Airways first offered scheduled flights to Tehran in 1946 and says the city has the potential to become a top tourist destination with an appeal spanning world-class architecture and food to skiing and shopping. The city is one of 14 new routes due to be introduced this year, the U.K. carrier said, with the others including Costa Rica, Lima and San Jose in California.
IAG Chief Executive Officer Willie Walsh said on Jan. 18 that BA was close to reaching a decision on the reinstatement of Tehran services.