Foreign airlines still in debt to Iran's travel agencies, passengers
TEHRAN, Iran, Sept.8
Major foreign airlines still have not paid their debts to Iranian travel agencies and customers for cancellation of flights, said the head of Association of Air Transport and Tourist Agencies of Iran (AATTAI) Hormatollah Rafeei, Trend reports via YJC website.
"The flights of foreign airlines play an important role in Iran's economy, but in the current situation, not only Iran has no power over these companies, they have no obligations regarding their flights and ticket refunds as well," he said.
"There should be monitoring and negotiations with foreign airline companies over ticket fares since the prices have increased significantly," he said.
Rafeei said that it possible that foreign flights can cancel flights any time, so they don't have any obligations to pay out compensations.
"Turkish Airlines have not resumed its direct flights to Tehran despite previous promises, and it has not refunded the ticket prices to customers and travel agencies," he said.
"The passengers bought the tickets and now are facing heavy losses, since the airline isn't refunding anything," said the official.
"Turkish Airlines has repeatedly announced that it would resume flights, but it has canceled them in the last few days, and this led to confusion among the passengers," he said.
"Other foreign airlines have resumed their flights to Iran, but the Turkish airlines is not inclined to fly to Iran and has not returned the passengers' money," he said.
"Iran is interested to open its air borders for foreign flights, and there should be negotiations with various countries about it, but due to COVID-19, domestic airlines are facing losses, and we need to resume the flights to compensate for the damages," said Rafeei.