The Straits Times
Published on Jan 12, 2013

Two airlines suspend Iran flights as economy weakens


LONDON (REUTERS) - Two European airlines said on Saturday that they were halting services to Iran, a sign of the crumbling purchasing power of Iranians as their economy buckles under the weight of Western sanctions.

Air France-KLM will suspend its Amsterdam-Teheran service starting April 2013, a spokesman for the carrier said.

It currently flies to Iran four times a week.

Austrian Airlines, a unit of Germany's Deutsche Lufthansa, is cancelling its services to Iran due to a lack of demand, a spokesman said. The carrier's last flight from Vienna to Tehran will be on Jan 13.