Earlier cancelled Tehran-Beijing flight resumed
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 9 / Trend F.Mehdi/
The Tehran-Beijing flight, which had been canceled in November 2012, has now been resumed, the Fars News Agency reported.
On November 11, 2012, IRNA quoted Iran's national airline (HOMA) public relations director Shahrokh Nooshabadi as saying that the Tehran-Beijing flight had been temporarily canceled due to a low number of travelers.
The flight is carried out Wednesdays from Tehran at 19:40 local time and returns Fridays from Beijing at 05:35 local time.
Iranian airlines increased ticket prices for domestic flights by 65 percent averagely as of November 6, 2012.
It is while the director of the Civil Aviation Organization Hamid Pahlavani had announced on October 10 that Iranian airlines will be increasing ticket prices for domestic flights by maximum 50 percent.
Pahlavani added that different factors, including foreign currency prices, are considered to set the ticket prices.
The managing director of the Airtour passenger airline said in October that the airline has suffered 200 billion rials (some $16 million) loss as the administration will no longer provide the airline with dollar at reference rate of 12,260 rials.
Therefore, the airline cancelled all its international and tourism flights, ILNA reported.
As the administration does not provide the airline with official-rate dollar, the airline has to pay costs based on the free market dollar, Sirous Baheri noted.
International sanctions on Iran have hindered the process of repairing passenger planes in the country, IRNA quoted managing director of Iran's national air carrier (Iran Air), Farhad Parvaresh, as saying in December 2012.
Periodical checking of the planes may be prolonged due to the lack of certain parts, but there is no plane grounded, he added.
For the time being, Iran Air operates 47 planes with a total 10,500 seats, he noted.