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Jazeera Airways adds Isfahan to route network

Kuwaiti airline will operate three weekly services to fly to Iran's third largest city.

Jazeera Airways has launched services to Isfahan, making it the Middle East’s first low-cost carrier to fly to Iran's third largest city, it claimed on Tuesday.

The Kuwaiti airline will operate three weekly services on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, with prices starting at KD15 ($52). This latest flight increases the carrier’s Iranian routes to four.

During a press conference announcing the launch, Jazeera Airways’ CEO Stefan Pichler said: “Iran has proven to be a very important market for us, and we have witnessed significant uptake and continually increasing passenger numbers to all of our Iran destinations - including the country’s capital, Tehran; Shiraz, the city of gardens; and the holy city of Mashhad.

“We are expecting Isfahan to be a hugely popular destination, as we continue to give the region’s passengers even more freedom to fly to some of the most exciting destinations in and around the Middle East.”

The Isfahan launch is part of Jazeera’s network expansion strategy to operate routes to all major cities across the region. Other destinations added this summer include Aleppo, Larnaca, Antalya and Marsa Alam.

Isfahan, known as half of the world, is a relic of a bygone era that has seen several empires and dynasties populating the area. It served as the capital of Persia during the Safavid dynasty and was once one of the world’s biggest cities.

Rich with Islamic and Persian architecture, the city has historic and natural beauty spots and several points of interest including mosques, minarets and bridges.

Jazeera operates 10 Airbus A320s to several destinations across the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, Iran and the Indian Subcontinent.

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