Iran to launch new flights to Oman

Business Materials 9 February 2016 14:00 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 9

By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:

Iran's Qeshm Air will launch direct flights between the Iranian southern island of Qeshm and Oman's capital, Muscat, said the airline's head, Mahmoud Shekarabi.

He added that the airline expects to receive new aircraft to launch the flights, Mehr news agency reported Feb. 9.

But Shekarabi didn't elaborate upon the planes his company plans to get.

Saying that the Qeshm Air is a subsidiary of the Iranian oil ministry, Shekarabi added that his company is planning to increase the number of flights, forecasting the number of flights to go up by 31 percent.

Earlier in January, it was announced that aviation officials from Iran and Oman agreed to increase the number of direct flights between the two neighboring countries to 28 per week.

The first direct flight from Muscat to Tehran landed at Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport in September 2012.

Tehran has also said it plans to launch a regular shipping line between Iran and Oman.

In recent years, the annual trade between Iran and Oman has stood at most at $400 million.

The two countries also share close diplomatic, economic, and military ties.