20-Oct-2010 10:42 AM

Iran aircraft being refused fuel in Europe

Iran Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast confirmed that some companies were refusing to refuel its aircraft at European airports and stated it would retaliate if the situation continued (Reuters/Washington Post, 19-Oct-2010). He stated that the companies had "adopted inappropriate policies" and warned: "The continuation of this approach by these companies will jeopardise their interests ... besides we will not tolerate it, and confronting them is in the agenda." The international sanctions relate to Iran's nuclear enrichment activities. Iran Air stated "ongoing fuel supply problems at London Heathrow" means Tehran-bound services are required to stop at Hamburg or Vienna to refuel, adding an estimated 90 minutes to the flight. The carrier added that talks to restore normal fuel supplies at Heathrow are continuing as a matter of priority. Companies which are refusing to refuel the airline's aircraft include Total, Statoil, Eni and Royal Dutch Shell. bmi also operates services between London Heathrow and Tehran. 

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