Qatar Airways has announced huge capacity increases across its network in Iran. Starting 1 December, the world-renowned airliner will begin its dramatic expansion in the Iranian market by offering 52 direct weekly flights from major Iranian cities including Tehran, Shiraz, Mashhad, and Isfahan to its global hub at Doha airport and from there to major international destinations.
Aside from these international flights, Qatar Airways will also start code-sharing arrangements with major Iranian airlines to become the first foreign carrier to offer scheduled domestic flights.
With the two agreements in place, Qatar Airways will replace Iran Air as the largest airline servicing Iran, and Doha replacing Tehran as the main international hub for Iranian travelers.
The US-led sanctions against major Iranian airlines, Iran Air and Mahan, has forced Iran to effectively contract out its airline industry to Qatar Airways.