TEHRAN,Iran, July 6
Resume of direct flights between Iran and Turkey has been delayed due to the coronavirus spread, Secretary of Association of Iranian Airlines Maghsoud Assadi Samani told Trend.
"The latest news update indicate that Turkish foreign minister has ordered to delay the resuming of direct flights until August 1," he said.
The Tehran-Istanbul direct flights, were originally halted due to the COVID-19 outbreak , however it was expected that the direct flights will be resumed from July 21, following an agreement signed during Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif's visit to Istanbul.
"Implementation of this depends on how the situation with COVID-19 develops in Iran and Turkey until August 1. If the COVID-19 spread intensifies, further delays are possible," said Samani.
"People can prevent the coronavirus spread by following health protocols and we hope the situation improves around the world," he added.
Samani further spoke about Iran's flights to other destinations.
"Last week the number of direct flights to foreign countries has increased. The flights to Paris and Amsterdam have increased to two flights per week while flights to London increased to three flights per week," he said.
" It has been planned that flights to other destinations such as Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur would resume once a week," he said.
"Flights to Istanbul are rare cases - it is solely done for Turkish citizens and Iranians who seek to return to their countries," he added.