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British Airways says to resume Tehran flights in July

UK flag bearer announces plan to restart services to Iranian capital following lifting of international sanctions

British Airways says to resume Tehran flights in July

British Airways on Thursday announced plans to resume services to Tehran this summer with direct flights to the Iranian capital from July 14. 

The route will launch as a six-per-week service before moving to daily flights from winter 2016, the UK flag bearer said in a statement. 

The service from Heathrow Terminal 5 will be operated by a four-class Boeing 777, it added. 

Paolo De Renzis, head of Middle East, Africa and Central Asia Sales for British Airways, said: “Iran is a large and growing economy and Tehran is a brilliant business city so we are incredibly excited to be adding another gateway to the Middle East for our customers. 

“The recent lifting of sanctions opens up exciting new prospects for Iran as a tourist destination and with its rich heritage, unique architecture and world-class food it’s unsurprising Tehran is tipped to be a popular destination for 2016.”

The airline has a long history of flying to the city and offered the first scheduled flights between London and the Iranian capital in 1946. 

Tehran is one of 13 new routes British Airways will be launching this year, which include Menorca in Spain, Palermo in Italy, Chania in Crete, Kalamata in Greece and San Jose in California.

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