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Austrian Airlines

Austrian Airlines

Industry: 
Airline
Symbol: 
ETR:LHA
Country: 
Austria
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"German airliner Lufthansa and its subsidiary Austrian Airlines plan new flights to Iran amid a growing demand as business and tourism is crawling back to life in the resource-rich country, media reports say... Austrian Airlines is also expanding its flight service to Iran, offering one extra daily flight to Tehran starting March 11, 2016. As a result, Austria’s national carrier will be departing twice a day from Vienna for the Iranian capital. Deploying an Airbus A320, Austrian Airlines will also offer a day flight in addition to the existing night flights, the report said. It quoted Chief Commercial Officer of Austrian Airlines Andreas Otto as saying that his company was 'receiving clear signals of a revival in economic relations between Austria and Iran from the business community and political decision-makers'. 'That's why we wanted to react quickly,' Otto added. Austrian President Heinz Fischer became the first Western head of state to visit Iran in more than a decade in September." (Press TV, “Lufthansa, Austrian to increase Iran flights,” 10/25/2015)

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The airline is a subsidiary of Deutsche Lufthansa, the flag carrier of Germany, which also offers daily flights to Tehran's Imam Khomeini Airport.

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“Iran and Austria will restart direct flights after a one-year suspension, says deputy head of Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization Mohammad Khoda Karami. Austrian Airlines will resume flights to the Iranian capital, Tehran, on March 12, Karami added on Saturday. ‘The Iran-Austria air link has been suspended since the beginning of 2013 until now due to the Austrian airline’s revenue problems, and after that the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Airline (Iran Air) undertook to transfer travelers via the Tehran-Vienna route on its own,’ the Iranian official said. As agreed by the two countries’ national flag carriers, five flights will be run between Tehran and Vienna a week on a regular basis, he said. It will be promising news for European business travelers looking to visit Iran in the absence of direct flights to Tehran from Europe.” (Press TV, “Austria to reopen direct flights to Iran in March,” 2/15/14)

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“Iranian officials said they expected positive economic changes with the lifting of some sanctions against the country as part of a deal struck with world powers, which begins on Monday…Austrian Airlines announced last week that it was resuming flights to Iran after a one-year break forced by the sanctions, and several European political and trade delegations have visited the country in recent weeks. implemented.” (New York Times, “Iran Welcomes Start of Nuclear Deal,” 1/19/14)

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"Austrian Airlines , a unit of Germany's Deutsche Lufthansa , is cancelling its services to Iran due to a lack of demand, a spokesman said. The carrier's last flight from Vienna to Tehran will be on January 13... Austrian Airlines suspended its service to Tehran for more than two months last summer because it could not be sure of getting its planes refueled there." (Reuters, "Two airlines suspend Iran flights as economy weakens," 1/13/2012)

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"Some major Western airlines were continuing to fly to Tehran, though, namely Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, KLM and Alitalia... Austrian said in a statement that 'we plan to continue our flights VIE-THR-VIE up to five times a week,' and dismissed rumours that they would stop." (The Daily Star, "Airlines stop Iran flights as currency crisis bites," 10/8/2012)