British Airways to resume flights to Iran after sanctions lifted

British Airways to resume flights to Iran after sanctions lifted

Sanctions were imposed in October 2012 amid instability in the country

Thursday, September 1, 2016

British Airways has resumed direct flights to Iran following the lifting of sanctions.

Bans were put in place in October 2012 amid instability in the Middle Eastern country. Now, six return flights per week will operate between London Heathrow and Tehran, before rising to a daily service later this year.

The resumption of flights today (Thursday) follows the lifting of some sanctions against Iran in January, after the international nuclear watchdog said the Iranian government had met all its obligations under a deal with six world powers.

The then-foreign secretary Philip Hammond said at the time that British firms should take advantage of the new opportunities that would open up in Iran.

Flights were initially due to resume in July but there was a delay in establishing the route, but now the first BA flight to Iran, a Boeing 777, will depart from Heathrow on Thursday at 9.10pm.

BA described the Iranian capital as "an important destination" for the airline.

A BA spokeswoman said: "The Iranians have been extremely helpful in setting up this important new route and have been as keen as we are for the service to start.

"Tehran is an important destination for British Airways and we wanted to ensure that the service we offered met the highest standards our customers rightly expect of us from day one."