The first direct flight from Tehran to Brussels began

The first Tehran-Brussels route operated by an Iranian airline was officially launched on Tuesday.

The service is offered once a week by Qeshm Air, but it could increase to three weekly flights in the future, said the CEO of airline Mahmoud Shekarabi by ISNA.

The airline uses an Airbus A319 for the flight. Shekarabi said that Brussels airport is a transport hub, making Brussels the last ideal foreign destination of the airline.

Qeshm Air operates 21 international routes, said its website.

“Some 25,000 Iranians live in Belgium,” the CEO added.

The duration of the flight is approximately six hours and a return ticket costs 16.9 million rials ($ 450), reported the Mehr news agency.

Before that, travelers spent between 15 and 30 hours traveling between the two cities, with up to two routes.