Sep 20, 2020 20:15 UTC
  • IranAir restores flights to Turkey’s Istanbul after 7 months of shutdown

Iran’s main airline company Homa, known internationally as IranAir, has announced it is restoring flights to Istanbul after a seven-month halt that was caused by the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in Iran and other parts of the region.

According to Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), Homa said in a statement on Sunday that flights to Istanbul would resume as of September 25 with Flight 719 from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Airport to Istanbul.

The airline said passengers should have had a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test 72 hours before arrival in Istanbul airport confirming they are free of coronavirus.

It said Homa’s certificate to fly to Istanbul had been issued “based on negotiations between the two countries of Iran and Turkey.”

Istanbul was one of Homa’s main destinations before the pandemic hit global air travel in late February. The airline has managed to restore flights to key destinations in Europe now that restrictions meant to curb the virus have eased.

Flights to Istanbul had resumed in early July before Turkish authorities re-imposed fresh bans on travel from several countries in West Asia, including from Iran, over concerns about a second wave of coronavirus outbreak.