Korean Air to Start Direct Flights to Iran

Korean Air, following the lifting of sanctions and after winning the route license over rival Asiana Airlines Inc., is expected to start a direct air route to Iran for the first time in four decades.

Though cargo aircraft flew irregular runs between Seoul and Tehran in the 1970s, no South Korea-flagged passenger aircraft has landed on Iranian soil, reports Yonhap News Agency.

“Iran has abundant natural resources and consumers. It had been one of our biggest economic partners in the 1970s,” the transportation ministry said in a release.

“The opening of the direct flight route will foster business exchanges between the two countries and strengthen bilateral cooperation.”


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