Iran’s Mahan Air launches non-stop direct flight to Venezuela

Published on : Tuesday, April 9, 2019

As Tehran voices support for Caracas against a U.S. backed opposition, Mahan Air, a private Iranian airline, on Monday launched a direct flight to Venezuela.


The non-stop Tehran-Caracas flight will take 16 hours.


The route was launched in the early hours of Monday, and the plane will carry foreign ministry officials to Caracas, Mehr news agency quoted the spokesman of Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization Reza Jafarzadeh as saying.


Jafarzadeh said a delegation from Mahan Air was also travelling to Caracas to discuss maintaining regular flights between the two countries.


Mahan Air, established in 1992 as Iran’s first private airline, has the country’s largest fleet of aircraft.


France and Germany banned the airline’s flights earlier this year, accusing it of transporting military equipment and personnel to Syria and other regional war zones.


The United States imposed sanctions on the company in 2011, saying it provided financial and other support to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).


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