Austrian Airlines expanded its presence in western Asia with the resumption of flights from its Vienna (VIE) base to Tehran (IKA) on 11 March. The 3,169-kilometre sector to Iran’s capital will be served five times weekly, utilising a mixed fleet of the airline’s 168-seat A320s and 138-seat A319s. This airport pair is already served by Iran Air with weekly flights. Austrian Airlines has been operating flights to Tehran since 1984, but removed the service from its schedule in January 2013 for commercial reasons. According to the airline, these included the strong inflation of the Iranian currency, the rial, and the effects of the economic and political sanctions on the ground in Iran. Now, thanks to the current stability in the country, the airline is once again resuming flights.