Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Brigadier General Hossein Salami praised the IRGC’s performance in safeguarding security of Iranian flights, saying that enemies have repeatedly failed in disturbing the security of Iran’s aviation industry.
“The IRGC’s desirable performance in different fields, including safeguarding the security of the country’s aviation industry, has caused the enemies to admit that they don’t have a specified strategy and have reached a strategic deadlock vis-à-vis the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Salami said, addressing a ceremony in Tehran on Wednesday.
“Any flight means a new mission and is of viatal importance (for the IRGC flight guards unit) and therefore, we should always be vigilant and keep ourselves updated in training and equipment although our human resources are of prior importance,” he added.
After the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)’s request and its emphasis on the security of Iran’s airspace, Iran declared in August its readiness to admit passing flights which intend to change their route and use Iran’s aerial space.
Iran announced in August that the number of foreign airliners using Iranian airspace has considerably increased after airline companies shifted their flight routes from Ukraine and Iraq to Iran due to unrests in the two states.
“The number of passing flights through Iranian airspace rose by 100 percent last week, while we had estimated (just) a 30-percent increase by the end of the current Iranian year (will end March 20, 2015),” Managing-Director of Iran’s Airport Company Mohammad Ilkhani said.