Iran, Korea say yes to Tehran-Seoul direct flights

MNA – A senior Iranian parliamentarian said Iran and South Korea have approved of launching direct flights between the two countries.

Head of Iran-Korea Parliamentary Friendship Group Assadollah Abbasi recounted on outcomes of the meeting held by the group on the sidelines of the 2nd annual Meeting of Speakers of Eurasian Countries’ Parliaments saying “the two sides reached good agreements on establishing direct flight routes between the two countries.”

“Koreans are interested in Iran as regards natural and historical tourism,” stressed the official adding “although Iran remains among top ten countries in the world in terms of tourist attractions, lack of direct flights elevates travel costs and hinders arrival of more tourists.”

Abbasi said Koreans have approved of performing direct flights between Tehran and Seoul; “officials of Iran Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Iran Air, branded as the Airline of the Islamic Republic of Iran, will hold joint sessions with their Korean counterparts,” he noted.

The meeting between speakers of Iranian and Korean parliaments was also attended by Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular, Parliamentary and Iranian Affairs Hassan Ghashghavi who voiced Iran’s readiness to offer visitor visas to South Korean tourists in 11 airports of the country, Abbasi reported.

Similar facilities will be offered to Iranian travelers by Foreign Ministry of the East Asian country.

The official said, apart from Iran Air, private sector airlines will be also able to make investments in establishment of Iran-Korea direct flights.

Assadollah Abbasi touched upon yet a different issue raised at the session of Iran-Korea Parliamentary Friendship Group saying “Ali Larijnai reminded the freezing of Iran’s oil assets by South Korea due to banking sanctions and the Korean side agreed to settle the debts in euros.”