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UAE airports open to refuel Iranian passenger jets

Dubai, Abu Dhabi deny reports that they are refusing to refuel planes.

UAE airports open to refuel Iranian passenger jets

Officials from the UAE's two biggest airports on Monday said operations were progressing as normal despite reports that they were refusing to refuel passenger aircraft owned by Iranian operators.

"Dubai Airports confirms that all Iranian aircraft flying into and out of the airport are being refuelled as normal," said an official statement provided by Dubai Airports on Monday evening.

Earlier, the Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) stated that refuelling operations were continuing at the UAE's second-largest airport, and added that it so far had received no direction from the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) to stop it from doing so.

Their comments came as a rebuttal to earlier reports from Iranian news agencies that the UAE had joined the UK and Germany in refusing to refuel Iranian planes.

Arabian Business was unable to obtain an official to comment on the issue from either the GCAA or Sharjah International Airport, the UAE's third-largest facility.

On Monday, the Iranian state-owned ISNA news agency said that the UAE was one of a number of countries that was refusing to provide fuel to Iranian passenger aircraft as a result of recent UN sanctions on the country.

Iran has been subject to a series of economic measures that are part of US-led efforts to prevent the alleged development of nuclear weapons by the Islamic Republic.

"Since last week, our planes have been refused fuel at airports in Britain, Germany and UAE because of the sanctions imposed by America," Mehdi Aliyari, secretary of the Iranian Airlines Union, told ISNA.

"Refusing to provide fuel to Iranian passenger planes by these countries is violation of international conventions."

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Phil McCavity 10 years ago

"Since last week, our planes have been refused fuel at airports in Britain, Germany and UAE because of the sanctions imposed by America," Mehdi Aliyari, secretary of the Iranian Airlines Union, told ISNA." Good, serves Iran right for continuously sticking their fingers up to the rest of the world. Did you expect any different?

Rashid 10 years ago

I hope that Iran's "continuously sticking their fingers up to the rest of the world" hurts - it must, as it feels that you are feeling it all the way in Ireland

Phil McCavity 10 years ago

Rashid, I'm not feeling it at all to be honest, the average Iranian person on the street will suffer because of Irans continual defiance toward the opinions of the rest of the world. That is a shame for the people. When you have a neighbour that has no intentions or desire to be a friend then the best thing to do is totally ignore them. The world is a big place, if you don't like our part then stay in your own part, no big deal!

Babar 10 years ago

...because the 'developed world' doesn't want Iran to have what they have themselves i.e. nuclear weapons? Not only do the developed countries have them, they've used them too and they've spread the technology to others too who they consider suitable (but this isn't proliferation, to their standards). So ban Iran because it did not get on its knees, it did not agree to the conditions imposed on it, and it wanted to exercise its right. Talk about hypocrisy, eh? By the way, I'm not Iranian.

Phil McCavity 10 years ago

"...because the 'developed world' doesn't want Iran to have what they have themselves i.e. nuclear weapons?" Nuclear Power or Weapons should not be available to just anyone that can afford them, What experience have they got to be able to handle it safely? NONE Nuclear (anything) is BAD NEWS to the planet in one form or another, nuclear power/weapons in the hands of inexperienced people is REALLY BAD NEWS. We have had years of hands on "experience" with nuclear and look what happened at Sellafield and Chernobyl - SERIOUS SCREWUPS Does Iran need it so badly?, they keep reminding us of how much gas and oil they have, why do they need nuclear power? I personally don't think anybody wants to try and get Iran "on its knees" but if they are not interested in talking/compromising with others then sanctions are the next best thing to war. Perhaps if Iran had a less hostile view of the rest of the world then it would not be such a major issue. This is a serious issue and things are not looking good.