IAG Cargo takes-off to Iran today

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British Airways Boeing 777-200
British Airways Boeing 777-200

Iran is set to be one of the fastest growing air cargo markets and IAG Cargo has joined KLM by targeting the market and starting a new bellyhold route.

IAG will start flying from Heathrow Airport to Tehran from six times a week from today (1 September) using a British Airways Boeing B777-200 aircraft.

The first flight departs from Heathrow T5 today at 21.10h, arriving at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport at 06.25h. It will depart Tehran at 08.35h and arriving at Heathrow at 11.10h.

The carrier says the flights will improve connectivity between European and Middle Eastern markets and provide businesses with greater flexibility over where and when they ship their goods and provide forwarders with capacity of six pallets and up to 20 tonnes of lift on each flight.

The new route comes into service following the easing of European Union sanctions against Iran. The country’s economy in 2016 and 2017 expected to grow by 4.8 per cent and 5.4 per cent, respectively.

IAG Cargo head of commercial, David Shepherd says Iran offers a huge opportunity for global trade and is confident the route will benefit customers and be well received.

KLM will resume Amsterdam to Tehran flights from 30 October, supplementing the Air France Paris – Tehran services, which restarted on 16 April. KLM says restarting services, which it ran from July 1991 to April 2013 offers new opportunities for firms seeking to do business in Iran.