Venezuelan Airline Launches Weekly Flights to Iran via Syria

A009056851.jpgVenezuela’s state airline Conviasa launched flights to Iran via Syria on Sunday with the aim of strengthening commercial relations among the three anti-American states. The Airbus 330-200 landed at 13:15 local time with an official delegation on board announcing the inauguration of the route connecting Caracas with Tehran.

Officials said Conviasa will initially operate just one flight a week but hopes to eventually double that number.

In March, Iran’s national carrier launched flights to Venezuela, also through Damascus, in what a Syrian official said was a move to do away with all the “harassment” that Muslim travelers encounter in a post-Sept. 11 world.

The route opening also reflects increasing ties among the three states, who share an animosity for the US government.

Nashat Numair, head of state-run Syrian Airlines told country’s official news agency SANA that the route “is an important step toward starting commercial, cultural and tourist communication” between Syria and Venezuela.

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