British airline British Airways resumes direct flights to Iran after some of the sanctions against the Islamic Republic were lifted and tensions calmed down, according to “Associated Press”.
First direct airline flight of the company to Tehran for nearly four years is scheduled to take off from London airport Heathrow at 9.10pm local time on Thursday and will arrive the next morning.
The flights were suspended in October 2012 after relations have deteriorated.
British Airways is planning six return flights a week, with more flights planned to be added later this year.
Some sanctions against Iran were canceled earlier this year as part of the nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers. British authorities urged companies to seek opportunities in Iran after relations improved.
“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,” said a spokesman for British Airways. “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.”