After a two-year break, Tajikistan resumes air traffic with Iran.

“After a two-year break caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Tajikistan has resumed regular flights from Dushanbe to Tehran,” an official source within the Civil Aviation under the Government of Tajikistan told Asia-Plus

According to him, Iranian flag carrier, Iran Air, will operate the Dushanbe-Tehran-Dushanbe flight twice a week.

“If possible, Somon Air will also operate flights on this air route,” the source added. 

Meanwhile, IRNA, citing Iranian Minister of Transport and Urban Development Rostan Ghasemi, says the first flight on this air route will be operated on June 13. 

In the future, the frequency of flights will be gradually increased to four per week, Iranian minister noted.     

Tajikistan suspended all air flights to Iran on February 24, 2020 to take precautions after Tehran announced the highest death toll from the coronavirus outside of China.

Iran is one of the most popular destinations for Tajiks as the two nations share historical, linguistic, and cultural ties.

Somon Air is the first private airline in Tajikistan with an office headquartered in Dushanbe.  The airline operations are based at Dushanbe International Airport.  The airline started operating on February 5, 2008 with regular flights to Moscow and Dubai.  Somon Air also serves as the official carrier of President of the Republic of Tajikistan and other Tajikistan high-ranking officials.

The National Airline of Iran, branded as Iran Air, is the flag carrier of Iran, which is headquartered at Mehrabad Airport in Tehran.  As of 2018, it operates scheduled services to 71 destinations in Asia and Europe.  Iran Air's main bases are Tehran International Airport and Mehrabad Airport, both situated in Tehran, the capital of Iran. Domestically, Iran Air is commonly known as Homa, which is the name of a mythical Persian griffin, and also the acronym of Iran National Airlines in the Persian language. The airline's cargo division, Iran Air Cargo, operates scheduled services internationally using one cargo aircraft.