France Bans Iran's Mahan Air

Monday, 25 March, 2019 - 10:15
Asharq Al-Awsat

France has revoked the license of Mahan Air, Iran's second-largest carrier, from April 1 as a result of its activities outside Europe, three French officials said on Monday.

The decision, which follows a similar German move in January, was made on the grounds of the airline transporting military equipment and personnel to Syria and other Middle East war zones, two diplomatic sources told Reuters.

"Mahan Air can no longer serve French territory as of April 1," a French Foreign Ministry official said.

On January 21, Berlin banned the Iranian airline from its airports, giving both safety concerns and the suspicion that the company was being used for military purposes as reasons.

Mahan Air was blacklisted by the US in 2011, as Washington said the carrier was providing technical and material support to an elite unit of Iran's Revolutionary Guards known as the Quds Force.

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