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Traffic in Iranian air corridor at record level

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The number of foreign airliners using the Iranian air corridor has considerably increased in recent days and registered a new record yesterday, a senior aviation official said.

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"The number of foreign flights passing through Iran's airspace hit a record high yesterday after the figures showed a number of 631 flights," Managing Director of the Iranian Airports Company Mohammad Ali Ilkhani told reporters.

Mr. Ilkhani said after the shooting down of the Malaysian Airliner MH17 over the Ukrainian airspace last month and given the turmoil caused by the terrorist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in parts of Iraq, now foreign airlines have shifted their flying route to Iran as a safe corridor.

Last month Iran announced preparedness to open its airspace to passing flights after Ukraine closed its airspace following the Malaysian plane's crash.

Deputy Head of Flight Standards of Civil Aviation Organization of Iran Hamid Habibi voiced the country's readiness to admit some flights passing through the Iranian airspace.

Following the Malaysian plane's crash in Ukraine and closing the country's airspace, he declared Iran's readiness to admit passing flights which intend to change their route and use Iran's aerial space.


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