EU Eases Travel Restrictions on Iran Air

The European Commission has announced that most aircraft of Iran Air are now allowed to resume operations to the EU.

I am happy to announce that we are now also able to allow most aircraft from Iran Air back into European skies,” said EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc on Thursday.

Iran Air was banned by the European bloc in 2010 over “safety” issues with its planes, according to Tasnim News Agency.

The latest EU announcement comes after eight European commissioners traveled to Tehran back in April to look at ways to boost ties between Iran and the union following last year’s nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.

Iran has a fleet of 250 aircraft, of which 90 are grounded due to the economy or missing parts, Managing Director of Iran Air Farhad Parvaresh said earlier this month.

Of that total, 80 percent will need to be renewed in the next decade, he said, adding that growth could add even more jets to Iran’s shopping list.

(Sources: EU, Tasnim, under Creative Commons licence)

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