Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Air India Express defers Tehran flight plan on US-Iran uncertainties

Mumbai: Air India Express has deferred plan to launch direct flight to Tehran amid uncertainties over the current US administration's stance towards Iran as fresh sanctions could hurt the airline's operations.

The carrier -- the low cost arm of national carrier Air India -- was preparing to start Tehran flight this year as part of international expansion plans.

"We don't know what is going to be the policy of the Trump administration towards Iran. If sanctions are re-imposed, there could be an issue in getting permission from the US banks for operating the aircraft in that territory," a highly placed source told PTI.

As of now, the plan to launch flight to Iran stands deferred, the source said.
08/02/17 PTI/Economic Times