Iranian national airline nearly doubles airfare to cover rising fuel costs
Homa is the acronym for IranAir, the flag carrier airline of Iran. Matthew Carson / Flickr.com
The price hikes matched by foreign airlines won’t affect the country’s small tourism market, but will put strains on cargo air travel in and out of the country.
For instance, Tehran-London-Tehran ticket price rose by 85 percent, increasing up to 17.57 million rials from 9 million rials, and Tehran-Paris-Tehran ticket rose by 70 percent and is sold at 14.19 million rials compared to previous 8.2 million rials.
Earlier this month, Iranian local airlines increased their airfares by up to 70 percent amid Western sanctions on oil and banking system.
Hamid Reza Pahlevani, head of the country’s aviation organization, said authorized airlines increased the airfares to compensate for the high price of aircraft fuel by Iran’s state-owned fuel company.
The hike is the biggest increase in local airfares since the early 1990s. Iranian airliners in recent years had occasionally raised the fares by lower amounts, such as 20 to 30 percent.
In May, Iran doubled price of fuel for Iranian airlines, which are mostly state-owned.
Since the embargo was imposed in oil and banking system by the European Union in July, the rial has fallen drastically in value against foreign currencies.
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