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Austrian Airlines to Launch Shiraz Flights

Austrian Airlines to Launch Shiraz FlightsAustrian Airlines to Launch Shiraz Flights
Austrian Airlines already offers 18 weekly flights to Iran, more than any other country in Western Europe

Austrian Airlines has announced that it will be operating four weekly flights from Vienna to Shiraz starting on July 2, with a stopover in Isfahan.

The flights will be made on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, leaving Vienna in Central Europe for the historical city of Shiraz, with a short stop in Isfahan—also a popular destination, Aviation Tribune reported.

In addition to the existing services of up to 14 weekly flights to Tehran and four weekly flights to Isfahan, Austrian Airlines is further expanding its portfolio of destinations in Iran, adding Shiraz.

Austria’s flag carrier already operates 14 weekly flights to Tehran and four to Isfahan—more than any other country in Western Europe.

“No other airline in Western Europe offers 18 weekly flights to Iran. Here we are number one,” said Austrian Airlines CCO Andreas Otto.

The Star Alliance member operates single-aisle A320 family aircraft to all three destinations in Iran compared to other European carriers, which mainly use widebodies on Tehran routes.

 “For 10 years, we have had a code-share agreement in place with Iran Air. This will also be implemented to Shiraz,” Austrian Spokesman Peter Thier told ATW.

A code-share agreement is an arrangement where two or more airlines share the same flight. What this means is that a seat can be purchased from an airline on a flight that is actually operated by another airline under a different flight number or code.

The airline’s announcement comes only days after Morteza Rahmani Movahed, tourism deputy at Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, said around 9,000 Austrians visited Iran in 2016.

Austrian Airlines, which is a Lufthansa subsidiary, will offer flights to Shiraz throughout the entire year. Flight time to Shiraz is around six hours.

Shiraz is one of the oldest cities in Iran and is home to four world heritage sites: Pasargadae, the administrative capital of the Achaemenid Empire; Persepolis, the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenids; and the Pasargad and Eram gardens, two of Iran’s nine entries inscribed collectively as the Persian Garden.


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