News ID: 274510
Published: 0413 GMT September 21, 2020

Iran Air restores flights to Istanbul after seven months of halt

Iran Air restores flights to Istanbul after seven months of halt

Iran’s main airline, Homa, known internationally as Iran Air, announced that it is restoring flights to Istanbul after a seven-month shutdown that was caused by the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in Iran and other parts of the region.

Homa said in a statement that flights to Istanbul would resume as of September 25, with Flight 719 from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport to Istanbul, Press TV reported.

The airline said passengers should have had a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test 72 hours before arrival in Istanbul airport, confirming they are free of the coronavirus.

It said Homa’s certificate to fly to Istanbul had been issued “based on negotiations between the two countries of Iran and Turkey.”

Istanbul was one of Homa’s main destinations before the pandemic hit global air travel in late February. The airline has managed to restore flights to key destinations in Europe now that restrictions meant to curb the virus have eased.

Flights to Istanbul had resumed in early July before Turkish authorities re-imposed fresh bans on travel from several countries in West Asia, including from Iran, over concerns about a second wave of the coronavirus outbreak.

The pandemic has had a deep impact on Iran’s aviation industry amid sanctions imposed by the United States and allies that have banned certain Iranian airlines from travel to and from major countries.

Domestic air travel has also been impacted, with authorities saying last week that some companies had lost about 90 percent of demand for flights to main destinations.


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