Qatar Airways to add 31 flights on Iran routes
Qatar Airways has announced huge capacity increases across its network in Iran, including the launch of daily scheduled flights to a fourth city – the central Iranian city of Isfahan.
An additional 31 flights each week will be operated by the Doha-based airline between the State of Qatar and Iran, representing a 150 percent increase in overall frequency.
The capacity rise to 52 services a week, up from the current 21, will be phased in over a four-month period, starting December 1.
The capital Tehran will be served with an additional daily flight; Iran’s second largest city of Mashhad is to get nine extra flights; Shiraz, the economic centre of southern Iran, will be given eight new flights; and, starting January 11 next year, services will begin to Isfahan in central Iran.
All flights will be operated by Airbus A320 aircraft in a two-class configuration of 12 seats in Business Class and 132 in Economy.
“Today’s announcement is an historic moment showing the strengthening of ties between our two countries. Almost five months ago, Qatar Airways introduced the Iranian city of Shiraz to our network. We have been working with the authorities in Iran for increased capacity across the country and delighted to have reached agreement to make today’s announcement,” said Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker.
“Additional flights will ultimately benefit passengers travelling to and from Iran and with our large international network of destinations, we facilitate travel with more ease, more flexibility and more choice, particularly for the large Iranian expatriate community around the world. Whether travelling to or from cities across our network such as London, Shanghai,” he added.
Qatar Airways began flying to Iran in 2004 with the launch of services to Tehran. Flights to Mashhad started the following year, with Shiraz introduced to the network almost five months ago.
The national carrier may also offer domestic services under a code-sharing agreement with Iranian carriers, it has been reported.