British Airways has revealed it will be suspending its flights to Tehran, Iran, as the route is no longer “commercially viable”.
The airline currently offers direct flights from London Heathrow, but these will be suspended in September.
A spokesperson for the airline confirmed that the last outbound flight to Tehran will take off on September 22, and the last inbound flight from Tehran will take off the next day on September 23.
As for passengers who have already booked flights on the route and planned to travel, the airline confirmed that it is currently looking to alternative options and working with partner airlines so they can offer rebooking options.
However if there are no flights that work for passengers affected, the airline has said it will offer them a full refund, or the chance to travel before the suspension comes into effect.
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British Airways had resumed the direct route from London to Tehran back in 2016, when sanctions on flights to Iran were relaxed
Until now the airline had been offering up to six flights a week, but it seems there has not been enough uptake from passengers.
Passengers who are looking for direct flights to Iran from the UK won’t have many alternative options; currently only IranAir offers direct flights.
However, there are a host of airlines which offer flights to Tehran with a stopover; Emirates, Air France, Qatar Airways and Lufthansa to name a few.
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Inflation rate falls to 1.7%
The office for National statistics says the consumer price index is 1.7%-down from 2.1% – in August
Head of inflation at ONS Mike Hardie said: “The inflation rate has fallen noticeably into August, to its lowest since late 2016. This was mainly driven by a decrease in computer game prices, plus clothing prices rising by less than year after the end of the summer sales.
“Annual growth in house prices slowed to its lowest rate since September 2012, with four of the nine English regions now seeing prices falling over the year”.
Nigeria Football Federation boss Amaju Pinnick under fresh corruption probe
Several properties belonging to top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), including its president Amaju Pinnick, have been seized in a fresh corruption probe.
The latest investigation and seizures are being carried out by the country’s Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission’s (ICPC).
The ICPC has published a newspaper advertisement about the properties seized – half of which belong to Pinnick.
According to the statement published in the Nigerian papers one of Pinnick’s properties is in London.
It comes amidst wide-ranging claims over how money meant for football development allegedly disappeared.
“We can’t go into further details beyond the fact that many officials of the NFF are under investigation,” ICPC spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa said.
“It’s basically because what they have is in excess of what they have earned.”
The ICPC has also taken control of properties belonging to the NFF second vice-president Shehu Dikko and the general secretary Muhamed Sanusi among others.
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