Iran appoints new civil aviation chief as COVID curbs are lifted

Iranian government appoints a new civil aviation chief as restrictions on flights are lifted.

The Iranian government has appointed a new chief for the country’s civil aviation authority as it drops social distancing rules required in flights because of the .

The official IRIB News agency said in a Sunday report that Mohammad Mohammadi Bakhsh had been approved by the Iranian Cabinet as the new head of the Civil Aviation Organization of (CAO).

Mohammadi Bakhsh has led Pouya Air, a domestic cargo airline and other aviation companies over the past years. He replaces Siavosh Amir Mokri had been in the post since March 2019.

The appointment comes as CAO, a subsidiary of the Iranian transportation ministry, plans to increase its support for airlines as they struggle to recover from the impacts of the .

It also comes just a day after ’s main aviation regulator EASA withdrew a warning notice issued in January 2020 that had urged airlines to avoid the .

Iranian airline companies have reported a boost to demand for flights on their domestic and international routes since mid-summer when the Iranian government ramped up its campaign.

The Iranian ministry announced on Sunday that it had lifted a cap imposed in April last year that limited the number of passengers allowed in a flight to 60% of the plane’s seat capacity.

However, the said that airlines would still be required to only board passengers who submit valid PCR test results.

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