Transit flights through Iran's airspace increase by 10 percent

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Baku, Azerbaijan, July 26

By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

Number of international transit flights over Iran's air zone has increased by 10.3 percent during the one-month period (June 21- July 22), compared to the same month of 2013.

Deputy Civil Aviation Organization for Aeronautical Operations Ebrahim Shoushtari said that 14,648 transit flights through the skies of Iran have been carried out during the reported period, the country's official IRIB news agency reported on July 26.

Shoushtari went on to add that in total about 34,500 flights were carried out during the reported period, some 13,312 of which are local flights. Meanwhile the number of international flights stood at 5,724.

Iran's local flights has decreased by 3.5 percent during the one-month period compared to the same period of last year , however international flights indicate an increase by 5.7 percent during the reported period.

It should be noted that Iran announced preparedness to open its airspace to the passing flights , after Ukraine closed its airspace following the Malaysian plane crash.

Shoushtari said earlier that, following the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)'s request, Iran declared readiness to admit passing flights which intend to change their route and use Iran's aerial space.

He added that all Malaysian airplanes set off from Amsterdam for southeast Asia have changed route and cross Iran's airspace instead of the eastern Ukraine's airspace.

A Malaysia Airlines' Boeing-777 with over 290 people on board crashed in Ukraine, close to the border with Russia, on July 17.

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