Iran launches direct flights to Astrakhan

Iran launches direct flights to Astrakhan ... 09/06/2016 Auto

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Iran’s Taban Airlines has reportedly launched a direct flight from Tehran to Russia’s southern city of Astrakhan

* * * Iran has opened direct flights between Tehran and the Russian city of Astrakhan to boost trade ties between the two countries, local media reported Tuesday, citing a senior official with Iran's Trade Promotion Organization.
Flights between Iran's capital and Russia’s southern city are scheduled for every Tuesday and Friday, ISNA news agency cited TPO Vice President Mohammad Reza Modoudi as saying.
The flight is aimed at promoting trade between Iran and Russia, but ordinary passengers will also use the route, Modoudi said in the report that was also carried by Sputnik news agency.
The media outlet did not name the flight operator, while the online timetable of Astrakhan's international Narimanovo Airport shows a Taban Air flight arriving at 13:00 local time (09:00 GMT).
Astrakhan is the main jumping-off point for Russian seaborne trade with Iran. There have earlier been indications that exports to Iran from the city have already seen a major drop of 16 percent in the terms of the value of goods. The drop had been recorded over the first four months of the current year compared to the same period last year.
The worst affected commodity category appears to have been grain, but the trade for petrochemicals, paper, glass, wood and wooden products is still believed to be normal.
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