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Iran Air to Stop Tehran-Tokyo Flights after 33 Years

Tehran (CHN) - Iran's state airline, Iran Air, has reportedly decided to stop its direct flights to Japan after 33 years due to heavy loses, an Air Air official said.

Head of Iran Air regional office for Japan and South Korea, Saeed Qaderi, made the remarks speaking to IRNA in Tokyo on the sidelines of an international tourism exhibition held by Japan Association of Travel Agents (Jata). The Jata World Travel Fair is underway in the Japanese capital September 19-21.

Qaderi said that Iran Air's officials have made the decision based on different factors which led to inflicting heavy loses to Iran's state airline.

The official referred to the increasing high costs of fuel, existence of some restrictions on granting visa to Iranian nationals and limits facing the Iranian air fleet as major reasons behind the decision.

Qaderi added that Iran Air would have no direct flight to Tokyo as of October 26, 2008.

Since 1974, Iran Air is making two direct flights to Tokyo with Boeing SP-747s. It is one of the oldest routes of the airline.

However, Qaderi suggested that the halt might damage Iran's tourism industry since it would influence the large number of Japanese tourists who visit Iran each year.

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