Flights over Iran airspace decline significantly after COVID-19 outbreak


The international flights over Iran’s airspace have declined significantly following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the world, Financial Tribune daily reported on Tuesday.

The overflights have been reduced to an average of 110 per day, whereas in the first half of last Iranian year (March 20, 2019 to Aug. 20, 2019) between 900 and 1,000 flights crossed Iranian airspace per day, Saeed Akbari, an official with Iran Airports Company (IAC), was quoted as saying.

The overflights and airport services’ fee are the only sources of income for the IAC, Akbari said, adding that this has led to resource scarcity over the past two months.

Akbari said that even when the novel coronavirus outbreak ends, it would take a long time for the company to recover from the blow.

The company may have to stop its ongoing development projects and cancel new contracts, or implement pay cuts to stay afloat, he noted. Enditem

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