Lufthansa Extends Tehran Flight Suspension – Airways | Airlines

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DALLAS — Lufthansa (LH) has extended its suspension of flights to Tehran (THR) due to heightened tensions in the Middle East, following a suspected Israeli airstrike on an Iranian embassy in Syria.

The German flag carrier on Thursday decided to extend its Tehran flight suspension, originally planned to end on April 11, to April 13. This decision comes amidst concerns over potential Iranian retaliation for the suspected Israeli attack, as reported by Reuters.

Lufthansa D-AIUA Airbus A320 (Star Alliance livery) (perspective). Photo: Julian Schöpfer/Airways

Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines Impacted

Lufthansa, along with its subsidiary Austrian Airlines (OS), are currently the only two Western carriers offering passenger flights to THR. The majority of flights to the Iranian capital are operated by Turkish and Middle Eastern airlines.

While LH has suspended flights entirely, OS, which operates six weekly flights from Vienna (VIE) to THR, has decided to continue service. However, they are adjusting their flight timings to avoid overnight layovers for their crew in Tehran.

An LH spokesperson clarified their decision to forgo a Frankfurt (FRA) to THR flight over the past weekend. This was to avoid a situation where the crew would have had to disembark and stay overnight in Tehran, potentially placing them at risk.

Limited Impact on Other Airlines

As of now, there haven’t been any announcements from other international airlines serving Iran’s capital regarding similar flight suspensions. Tehran airspace remains a vital overflight corridor for flights operated by Emirates (EK) and Qatar Airways (QR) to destinations in North America.

The situation in the Middle East remains fluid, and LH may adjust its flight schedule again depending on developments in the region.

Feature Image: Airbus A321neo, Lufthansa’s 600th Airbus Aircraft. Photo: Dirk…

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