Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 19
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iran plans to decrease its 261 no-fly zones in the new future, managing director of Iran's Airports Company Mohammad Ilkhani said.
With the approval of the Iran's Supreme National Security Council the no-fly zones will be limited to only five regions including the country's nuclear facilities, Ilkhani said, Iranian ISNA news agency reported on Aug. 19.
The official underlined that the Security Council has conferred with the General Staff of the Armed Forces on the issue and flight ban over other regions will be lifted soon.
Ilkhani went on to note that the foreign airplanes will be allowed to fly over all air zones of the country excluding nuclear sites at an altitude of 30,000 feet. The flight altitude for domestic companies will be 28,000 feet, he added.
Reducing the number of no-fly zones over the country will lead to expansion of air traffic, Ilkhani said. The decision would have a direct role in improving the flights' safety, he stressed.
Iranian aviation officials have announced that the country's air space is ready to receive more foreign flights.
Flights passing across Iranian air space significantly have increased following the Malaysian plane crash in Ukraine.
Last week, Saeed Akbari, managing director of Aviation Operation Control Department of Iranian Civil Aviation Organization said that "Malaysian plane crash in Ukrainian airspace has blocked the country's air space for other flights. Moreover, limitations on Iraqi airspace have caused foreign airliners to find secure paths for their planes, so demands for flying across the Iran's air space have risen unprecedentedly."
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has called for flights across Iranian airspace, and Iranian Civil Aviation Organization has expressed its readiness as well, he said.
Akbari also continued that new air routes have been added to Iranian air routes and it has increased the number of flights to 880 from 480 per day.
The official added that Iran's unique position in terms of aerospace, natural geography, navigation equipment, and flight experts have raised demands for using the country's airspace.