Iran to launch direct flights to Russian port city
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 12
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
Iran will open direct and regular flights to Russia's Astrakhan as of Feb. 23 in a bid to facilitate trade ties, an Iranian official said.
Head of Iran's Trade Promotion Organization (TPO) Valiollah Afkhamirad said that Iran's Taban airlines will launch the flights from Tehran's main gateway of Imam Khomeini airport, ILNA news agency reported.
According to Afkhamirad, the country will extend financial aid to Taban to help the airlines to operate the flights on a regular basis, by partially paying for the fight costs.
In return Taban will be committed to operate Tehran-Astrakhan-Tehran flights as of Feb. 23 regularly for six months, he added.
The official said that MD-88 airplanes with a capacity for carrying 160 passengers will flight twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Pointing out to a shipping line launched between Iran and Russia last year, he said that the regular flights will provide the traders with opportunity to leave Iran for Astrakhan after dispatching their shipments by vessels.
Last year following disputes between Russia and the EU, Moscow gave the go-ahead to imports of dairy and poultry products from a number of Iranian companies.