Qatar Airways to increase flights to Iran despite U.S. sanctions

Qatar Airlines has announced an increased flight schedule to Iran, following Washington’s reimposition of economic sanctions on Tehran’s flight industry.

The state-owned Gulf airline said on Monday evening it will add two weekly flights to its existing Doha-Tehran route and an additional three weekly flights on its Shiraz service in January.

It is also expected to launch two weekly flights to Isfahan from February.

“These latest launches are further evidence of Qatar Airways’ commitment to Iran, as well as the expansion of our network in this thriving market,” Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said in a statement.

The announcement follows threats by US President Donald Trump to bar companies that do business with Iran from US markets.

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways and European carries such as British Airways and Air France have halted their services to Iran this year.

The UAE, a US partner in the Gulf, backs Washington’s decision and said it will fully comply with the sanctions.

Abu Dhabi has continuously voiced its concerns over Iran’s foreign policy and interference in the region.

Source » thenational

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