Iran Air operates Hajj flights by assigning foreign flights to other airlines
Tehran, Iran, July 13
Iran Air is assigning its foreign flights to other airline companies in order to follow the Saudi Arabia Hajj conditions and use its own aircraft for transporting pilgrims, said Iran Air CEO Touraj Dehghani Zangeneh.
"During the Hajj pilgrimage, part of Iran Air foreign flights will be assigned to Qeshm Air and Mahan Air. We have also rented a company to operate some of other Iran Air's foreign flights," said Zangeneh, Trend reports via Iranian media outlets.
Saudi Arabia recently announced that it won't operate Iran’s Hajj flights and Iran Air is obligated to fly its own aircraft and not those it has on lease or rented to Jeddah and Medina.
Due to importance of safety and security of Hajj flights, Iran Air has assigned part of its foreign flights to other airline companies in order to use the aircrafts for transporting pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.
"The passengers that purchased foreign flight tickets from Iran Air should not be concerned over the changing costs of airline companies," he added.
"By assigning the flights to the following airlines, the new ticket price ticket would increase from €400 to €600. The cost difference would be paid by Iran Air, so the passengers aren't paying more," he explained.