Iran has suspended all flights with India and Pakistan. The Hindu was quoted as saying by the news agency AP.
Mohammad Hassan Zibakhsh, a spokesman for Iran’s Civil Aviation Authority, said in an interview on Saturday that the decision was made after a new variant of the novel coronavirus was identified in India and Pakistan. All scheduled flights to India and Pakistan and to Iran from those two countries will be suspended from 12 midnight on Saturday until further notice.
From now on, special flights will be arranged with India and Pakistan in case of emergency, but no regular flights will be operated, Zibakhsh said. No connecting flights will be operated between Iran and India.
A spokesman for Iran’s Civil Aviation Authority said Iran’s co-operation with 41 countries was currently suspended, adding that passengers from countries whose corona conditions were listed as dangerous would have to undergo corona testing again after entering Iran.
Iran is currently experiencing a fourth wave of coronavirus. The country is taking precautionary measures to protect flights with more dangerous countries for the safety of its citizens.