Gulf Air has extended its suspension of flights to Lebanon until 30-Apr-2011 (TradeArabia News Service, 06-Apr-2011). "The decision has been taken following the ongoing security situation in the country," said the airline. Gulf Air flights to/from Beirut had been set to resume on 07-Apr-2011 after initially being cancelled on 23-Mar-2011. The carrier's services to/from Iran and Iraq have also been suspended until 30-Apr-2011. Bahrain Air announced on 03-Apr-2011 stated it had extended the suspension of all flights to Beirut, Najaf, Baghdad, Mashhad until 20-Jun-2011.
Gulf Air extends suspension of Lebanon, Iran and Iraq services until 30-Apr-2011
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While it was acknowledged that progress on major deals was not going to happen overnight, the hope was that as layers of sanctions came down, Iran would be embraced by the rest of the world. In return, Iran was expected to open itself up progressively to foreign trade and investment, and to travel.
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No-one doubts the potential for expansion of Iran's aviation industry. After decades of exclusion from much of the world's aviation system, the country is eager to take an appropriate place that reflects its well educated population, its geographically important location and a potentially valuable tourism industry.
However, despite lifting of many sanctions, there remain several hurdles and uncertainties to overcome before some semblance of normalcy can be regained. The financial sector is central to most of these issues and securing a degree of certainty and transparency of process in international financial markets will be essential to stimulating new growth. Aircraft and related orders are ready to be implemented, but much hangs on decisions that must be made at a political level, across a range of disciplines.
The September Summit in Tehran will bring together many of the key decision makers and global experts in the area.