Manchester to receive new Iran Air service; a market of 20,000

Manchester to receive new Iran Air service; a market of 20,000

Iran Air is to start Tehran Imam Khomeini – Manchester from 4 July.

The 4,568-kilometre route will operate once-weekly on Saturdays by 238-seat A330-200s.

It will depart Tehran at 0555 and arrive Manchester at 0900.  After 90 minutes on the ground, it will depart at 1030 and arrive back into Tehran at 2015.

Tehran – Manchester is not a big market, with OAG Traffic Analyser showing that about 20,000 flew between the two cities last year.  Iran Air’s weekly service will be fully focused on point-to-point demand.

Not surprisingly, around 42% of passengers flew via Istanbul with Turkish Airlines last year, OAG passenger data indicates.  Qatar Airways, via Doha, saw the next largest amount (27%), followed by Pegasus over Istanbul Sabhia Gocken (11%).

Iran Air had 28% of Tehran – Europe seats last year

Iran Air had 12 routes to Europe last year, with an almost equal tie-up between London Heathrow (69,500 seats) and Frankfurt (68,600) for first place.

With a total of almost 522,000 non-stop and one-stop seats between Tehran and Europe, Iran Air had a 28% share of the ~1.9 millions seats across all operators.

Manchester to receive new Iran Air service; a market of 20,000

Source: OAG Schedules Analyser.

Mahan Air bucked Europe cuts with 15% more seats

Given the on-going hardships afflicting Iran, Iran Air’s Europe seats fell by 25% in 2019 versus 2018.  Meanwhile, seats by other airlines were down by 35% partly from carriers such as Aegean, Air France, Alitalia, British Airways, and KLM ending Tehran services.

Yet, the development of Iran Air’s Europe seat capacity since 2010 has not been as badly affected as its non-European seats, which have fallen by 54% from big cuts to the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

The leading airline to/from Europe, Mahan Air, increased seats by 15% YOY, mainly from introducing Banja Luka, Barcelona, Rome Fiumicino, and St Petersburg.  However, all have since ended.

Düsseldorf is Tehran’s #1 unserved market; Paris #1 underserved by passengers

Given the above, and more, there are large numbers of unserved – and especially underserved – European markets from Tehran. 

With 80,000 point-to-point passengers last year, Düsseldorf was served by Mahan Air until that carrier was banned from serving Germany in early 2019. Copenhagen was the second-largest unserved market, with 49,000 passengers, while Munich, suffering the same fate as Düsseldorf, rounded off the top-three with 47,000.

On average, 45% of passengers in the top-10 underserved markets flew indirectly, with Amsterdam the highest by the percentage of indirect passengers (59%).

Paris and London both had very similar absolute levels of indirect passengers. If Cologne’s indirect volume was added to Düsseldorf’s 80,000, almost 100,000 flew indirectly to/from Tehran last year.

Manchester to receive new Iran Air service; a market of 20,000

Source: OAG Traffic Analyser.


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