66183
Passengers get off a Mahan Air plane at Al Najaf International Airport in this undated file photo. (Photo: Ejaz Husain)
Passengers get off a Mahan Air plane at Al Najaf International Airport in this undated file photo. (Photo: Ejaz Husain)

Iran Airlines to Suspend Najaf Flights

Iranian airlines spend between $14,000 and $18,000 per flight at Najaf International Airport for aircraft ground handling alone
A new retrospective regulation obliges Iranian airlines to pay $85 for every flight to Najaf airport since 2010

Iran Airlines to Suspend Najaf Flights

All Iranian airlines will stop flying to Najaf, Iraq, as of July 1 as a result of recent regulatory changes that make operating flights to Al Najaf International Airport very costly, the secretary of Iran's Aviation Companies Association announced.
"The authorities have implemented a retrospective customs duty for airlines going back to 2010," Maqsoud Asadi Samani was also quoted as saying by Fars News Agency.
What this means is that all airlines have to pay $85 for every one of their flights that has landed at the city's airport from 2010 onward.
"Furthermore, they're charging Iranian airlines $15 for every seat while passengers have to pay $10 upon arrival," he added.
To make things even more expensive, Samani said aircraft ground handling costs at Al Najaf International Airport "are four times" the expenses at Iranian airports.
"Jet fuel in Najaf costs $0.98 per gallon, which is also four times it costs us at Iran's airports," he said. Iranian airlines have voiced dismay to civil aviation authorities in both Iran and Iraq, and have held talks with aviation officials in both countries, but to no avail.
"They also held talks with the airport officials and filed a formal complaint with the Iraq Civil Aviation Authority," Samani said. "However, the airport management insists on receiving the money Iranian airlines now owe as a result of the retrospective regulation."
The holy shrines of Imam Ali (PBUH) in Najaf and his son, Imam Hussein (PBUH) in Karbala, are visited by scores of Iranian pilgrims throughout the year.
"The airport is only increasing the costs of pilgrimage for people," he said.
Overall, Iranian aviation companies splurge between $14,000 and $18,000 per flight at the Najaf airport, whereas every flight to Iran by Iraq-registered airlines costs the companies $3,000 to $3,500 per flight for aircraft ground handling.
Samani said the flights will be suspended on July 1 until Najaf airport officials review the new regulation.
"They need to realize that this results in higher airfares, which ultimately makes it more expensive for pilgrims to visit the holy shrines," he said.

Short URL : https://goo.gl/9LcZkA
  1. https://goo.gl/XBc6fY
  • https://goo.gl/rA1u22
  • https://goo.gl/Qw4yZ0
  • https://goo.gl/uW8On4
  • https://goo.gl/GMKxjJ

You can also read ...

WTO Accession No More a Priority for Iran
Iran says joining World Trade Organization is no more a...
Rouhani Sends Banking Reform Bills to Parliament
Following an approval by the Cabinet and a presidential...
Bill on Construction Quality Inevitable
In order to curb the construction of substandard buildings,...
One factor causing a drop in Chinese steel in Iran is their rising prices.
Chinese steel was everywhere in the world for the good part of...
TSE’s Average P/E at 5.6
The average price to earnings ratio of Tehran Stock Exchange-...
Peugeot’s 301 model is on sale in Turkey for more than three years.
Iran Khodro dealers confirm that the new Peugeot 301 sedan is...
IKCO Launches Taxi Made in China
Iran Khodro has unveiled the DongFeng S30 as part of a push to...
Iran’s per capita egg consumption stands at 198.
Hit hard by the H5N8 bird flu virus last year, the Iranian...

Add new comment

Read our comment policy before posting your viewpoints

Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.

Trending

Googleplus