Tehran, Iran, Nov.13
Turkey's refusal to re-fuel Iranian aircraft includes almost all Iranian airlines while Lebanon just refused fuel to Iranian airplanes belonging to sanctioned airlines, Secretary of the Association of Iranian Airlines (AIRA) Maghsoud Asadi Samani told Trend.
Some Iranian airliners were not allowed to refuel in Turkey’s Istanbul airports on Friday and had to cancel at least one flight, while other carriers had to cut the number of passengers on board in order to fly on less fuel.
International oil companies operating at Beirut’s airport have also warned against fueling airlines that are affected by the recent U.S. sanctions against Iran.
"Turkey since 1st November and Lebanon since 4th November have been announced that they will not fuel to Iranian airplanes. According to them, the decision was made by private oil companies,” he added.
"These companies` stance is different from their governments` stance,” said Samani. “We are trying to solve the issue through Iranian airlines,” he added.
“Turkey stopped to fuel nearly all Iranian airlines but Lebanon has banned fuel to sanctioned aircrafts only,” he said.
“Negotiations are taking place through the authorities of the airlines to resolve the issue. Measures are being taken to keep flying to intended destinations and soon there will be no problem in continuing flights to Istanbul and Beirut airports," he noted.