British Airways says it will suspend its direct flights to Iran next month as "the operation is currently not commercially viable." The last flight from London to Tehran will be on September 22, with the return the following day, the flagship British carrier said on August 23.
British Airways and Air France are stopping all flights to Iran next month, just before crushing new US sanctions kick in https://t.co/ypsHo2usHL— Business Insider (@businessinsider) August 23, 2018
British Airways resumed direct flights to Tehran in September 2016 as ties
with Western countries were improving following the implementation of its
nuclear deal with world powers.
Service had been suspended in 2012 amid a deterioration of relations between Tehran and the West over Iran's controversial nuclear program.
British Airways' latest announcement comes after the United States in May withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers and began restoring sanctions that were lifted under the agreement.
Britain, along with other European nations, have said they want to protect European companies that continue doing business in Iran, but many have pulled out since the U.S. decision to pull out of the nuclear deal.
Based on reporting by AP and AFP
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