Iranian Efforts to Resume European Flights to Tehran

Mohammad Saeed Sharafi, Director General of the Operations Control Center of the Iranian Civil Aviation Organization, said that Iranian aviation officials held several meetings with a number of European airlines, with the aim of resuming flights to Tehran.

On Friday, Iranian News Agency (ISNA) quoted Sharafi as saying that these meetings were held since last February, and were attended by political representatives, the German and Austrian ambassadors in Tehran, as well as senior officials of European airlines, but with the outbreak of the Corona virus, These meetings were suspended, thus the possibility of resuming flights was suspended.

Sharafi added that during the meeting held on May 5, which was attended by officials of the Aviation Organization, the Airports and Air Navigation Company, a representative of Lufthansa in Iran, and safety and security officials in European airlines, the measures taken within the framework of the investigation committee in The accident of the downing of the Ukrainian plane, as was stressed the need to exchange technical data, safety data, as well as safety measures to resume flights after resolving the situations affected by the Corona virus.

It is noteworthy that after the Ukrainian passenger plane was shot down by the IRGC air defenses, European airlines suspended their flights over Iranian airspace, until further notice.

The Ukrainian plane crashed on January 8, killing 176 passengers, during a military operation launched in response to the killing of the General in the Revolutionary Guards, Qassem Soleimani, with a US raid in Iraq, and the Iranian authorities claimed at the time that the plane was shot down “by mistake.”

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Mohammad Saeed Sharafi, Director General of the Operations Control Center of the Iranian Civil Aviation Organization, said that Iranian aviation officials held several meetings with a number of European airlines, with the aim of resuming flights to Tehran.

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