Iran to explore renewal of direct flights with US
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Iran to explore renewal of direct flights with US

President Rouhani orders Iranian aviation authority to investigate possibility of air routes to America, which ceased after the 1979 revolution

Illustrative photo of an Iran Air 747 aircraft (photo credit: CC BY-SA contri, Flickr)
Illustrative photo of an Iran Air 747 aircraft (photo credit: CC BY-SA contri, Flickr)

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s president is asking aviation authorities to study the possibility of resuming direct flights between Iran and the United States for the first time in more than three decades.

Hasan Rouhani’s request reflects Iranian efforts to possibly build on the groundbreaking exchanges with Washington that included a telephone chat last week between the new Iranian president and President Barack Obama.

Iran’s immediate goal is to resume talks over its nuclear program to seek easing of Western sanctions. But Tehran also appears willing to explore expanded contacts.

The semiofficial ISNA news agency quoted Akbar Torkan, a senior government official, as saying on Monday that Rouhani wants to study the options of direct flights.

More than 1 million Iranian-Americans live in California and elsewhere.

Direct flights halted after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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