Delta airlines SkyTeam partner KLM terminates flights to Iran over US ‎sanctions

The Dutch airline, which is part of the Delta-Air France-KLM ‘SkyTeam’ group,  also suspended its Amsterdam-Tehran route back in 2013 based solely “as a result of the negative ‎results and financial outlook,” but renewed its service in 2016, with Obama’s Iranian sanctions relief policy.

By News Agencies and Israel Hayom Staff


Dutch airline KLM announced Monday that it will halt ‎flights to Tehran “as a result of the negative ‎results and financial outlook” following the U.S. ‎withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear accord.‎

The airline, part of the Delta-Air France-KLM group, made ‎the announcement in a short statement on its ‎website.‎

KLM is a member of the Delta Sky Miles/SkyTeam program. – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

‎”As a result of the negative results and financial ‎outlook for the Tehran operation, the last flight ‎will take off from Amsterdam on 22 September 2018 ‎and land at Schiphol on 23 September,” the company said. ‎

The Dutch carrier suspended its flights to Tehran in ‎‎2013, resuming them in 2016 after the nuclear deal ‎between Tehran and major world powers was signed. ‎

Under the deal, Iran suspended its sensitive nuclear ‎activities in exchange for sanctions relief.‎

‎U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of the accord ‎on May 8, saying the U.S. plans to reimpose tough ‎sanctions against Iran.‎

Air France, which resumed flights to Tehran in 2016 ‎after an eight-year absence, said it will continue ‎its flights to Iran.

Also on Monday, the U.S. Treasury Department said it ‎had sanctioned a Malaysia-based sales agent for ‎Mahan Air, an Iranian airline already under U.S. ‎sanctions in connection with Iran’s alleged support ‎for international terrorism.‎

‎”As a result of today’s action, all property and ‎interests in property of Mahan Travel and Tourism ‎Sdn Bhd that are or come within U.S. jurisdiction ‎are blocked,” the department said in a statement. ‎


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