Korean Air has beaten its rival Asiana in obtaining the rights to begin a four-times weekly, non-stop service between Korea and Iran.
Flights between Korea and Iran currently require a layover in the UAE, with a travel time of 16 to 20 hours. The launch of a non-stop service would reduce this to ten hours.
“The new air route is expected to play a crucial role to boost business cooperation between the two countries, helping Korean companies make inroads into the country, as Iran has been a strategic partner with Korea since the 1970s with its abundant industrial potential in the Middle Eastern region,” South Korea’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said in a statement.
Demand for flights into Iran looks set to grow, after the lifting of economic sanctions by both the US and Europe earlier this year (see here).
While South Korea has had the rights to launch flights to Persian nation since 1998, no Korean carrier currently serves the destination. Iran Air did operate flights between Tehran and Seoul, but was forced to cut the route in 2007 following international sanctions.
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