Western and Asian companies have been showing more willingness in having their flights fly over Iranian skies on their Europe-Asia routes.
Iran’s stable security, shortening of routes and time, reduction in fuel consumption, as well as an increase in the number of airlines, and the utilizing of advanced air navigation technology, all have led to an increase in international flights through Iran’s airspace.
Following the crash of the Malaysian airliner in Ukraine en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) proposed that for more security during the Europe-Asia flights, the airline companies use Iranian skies. Iran announced its well-preparedness and since July it has been receiving an unprecedented increase of international flights over its skies.
In regard to this increase, Abbas Akhoundi Minister of Roads and Urban Development said, “at the moment, we are coordinating with security officials to further enhance the safety and security of the country and reduce the number of no-fly zones.”
“Currently, Iran is receiving over 950 international flights per day. This figure is unprecedented in the history of Iran’s aviation industry,” Akhoundi asserted.
Deputy CEO for Aeronautical Operations at Iran Airports Company (IAC) Ebrahim Shoushtari also pointed to Iran’s stable security in the region and its possession of facilities and equipments required for air navigation as the reasons for the increase in international flights.
“Due to this increase, Iran has upped its airlines to 96 and currently, we are exchanging aviation traffic with 11 neighboring countries,” Shoushtari maintained.