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Qatar Airways expands flights to Iran weeks after U.S. sanctions reimposed on Tehran

Qatar Airways will expand its operations in Iran by introducing direct flights to Isfahan from 4 February 2019 and increasing its services to Shiraz and Tehran from the beginning of January 2019.

Qatar’s national airline will deploy its Airbus A320s, 12 business class seats and 132 economy class seats, on the Isfahan-Doha route, which will operate twice a week (Monday and Friday).

Isfahan, Iran

The airline is also adding three weekly flights to Shiraz, making it a daily service from January 2, 2019. Qatar Airways will also introduce two additional flights on the Tehran line.

Bagh-e Eram Shiraz
Bagh-e Eram, Shiraz, Iran

“These latest launches are further evidence of Qatar Airways’ commitment to Iran, as well as the expansion of our network in this thriving market” Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akbar al-Baker said in a statement.

The news comes weeks after the United States re-imposed sanctions aimed at crippling Tehran’s economy. President Donald Trump has threatened to prevent companies that continue to do business with Iran from doing business in the US.

European airlines Air France and British Airways stopped flying to Iran this year. In UAE, Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways has also stopped flying to Iran, but Dubai’s Emirates and FlyDubai have expanded their flights to Iran.