August 6, 2020
Turkey has suspended all flights to Iran and Afghanistan until Sept 1 despite its previous announcement that flights between the two countries for passengers who hold Turkish citizenship or permanent residency will resume on August 4, the secretary of the Association of Iranian Airlines, Maqsoud Asadi-Samani told Fars News Agency.
On July 19, Turkey cancelled flight permits to and from Iran and Afghanistan due the coronavirus pandemic.
IranAir, Meraj Airlines and Iran Airtour Airlines were scheduled to resume flights between the two countries last month after a four-month hiatus.
“As we speak, passengers who wanting to travel from Iran to Turkey have to take Qatar Airways flights to Doha and then take another plane to their final destination. That will add to extra cost and time. Qatar Airways does not operate direct flights between Iran and Turkey,” ILNA quoted Reza Jafarzadeh the spokesperson of Iran Civil Aviation Organization as saying.
Earlier, Jafarzadeh said Turkey has not reopened its borders for Iranian tourists; only Turkish citizens and those who hold work visas are allowed to travel to that country. Thus, selling tour, transportation and accommodation services to the public before normal flights resume is unlawful, he added.
“Airlines must have control over ticket sales. They are only allowed to sell tickets after securing flight permits to foreign countries. Passengers are also advised to check the flight status at www.cao.ir before buying tickets,” he was quoted as saying by Mehr News Agency.