Malaysia’s AirAsia X to Resume Flights to Iran

A senior official with Malaysia’s AirAsia X said on Saturday that direct flights to Tehran from Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok will be resumed, adding that they are going to be operated three times weekly.

“We believe that the revival of direct flights to Tehran from Kuala Lumpur is timely and we foresee that our direct flights from both Asean cities of Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok can improve bilateral relations while encouraging trade and tourism activities between the cities,” AirAsia X Chief Executive Officer Benyamin Ismail said in a statement, The Rakyat Post reported.

He added that the flights to Tehran from Kuala Lumpur (klia2 Airport) and Bangkok (Don Mueang International Airport) will start on June 21 and 22, respectively.

The klia2 flights leave every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at 7:05 p.m., arriving in Tehran at 11:40 p.m. local time. The return flights take off at 1:05 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, arriving at klia2 at 12:45 p.m.

From Bangkok, the flights take off every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 3:10 p.m., arriving in Tehran at 10:20 p.m. local time. Return flights take off at 9:50 p.m. and arrive in Bangkok the next day at 8:00 a.m.

The resumption of flights will come against the backdrop of a new wave of interest in ties with Iran after Tehran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) on July 14, 2015 reached a conclusion over the text of a comprehensive 159-page deal on Tehran’s nuclear program and started implementing it on January 16.

The comprehensive nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), terminated all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran.