Air France seems keen to resume flights to Iran following the start of the implementation of the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and the world powers.
As Europe 1 reports, Air France-KLM airline holding company—the result of a 2004 merger—intends to restart its Tehran route as early as January 2016.
The report says the company will first initiate its Amsterdam-Tehran route, with the Paris-Tehran route soon to follow.
Company analysts and airline experts believe this to be a profitable move, as the number of French tourists to Iran has been on the rise.
According to Michel Durrieu, the head of Tourism Unit at France’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, the number of French tourists visiting the Mideast country doubles every six months.
Approximately 10 travel agencies in France offer Iran tours, with the number expected to grow in the near future.
Officials at the Mouvement des entreprises de France, the largest employer federation in France, have called the reestablishment of direct flights between the two states a sign of growing rapport.
Nevertheless, the company needs to first iron out details, such as the frequency and capacity of flights, before it can officially announce the news.
“Iran is back [on the map], so it makes sense for Air France to resume direct flights [to Tehran],” Europe 1 quoted an anonymous source with intimate knowledge of the plan as saying.