The first commercial flight to mend broken ties between Egypt and Iran
The first commercial flight between Egypt and Iran in 34 years took off on Saturday, being the latest step towards improving relations between the two countries following the 1979 Iranian Islamic revolution. Egypt and Iran agreed to resume direct flights in October 2010 before President Hosni Mubarak was ousted from power, but no flights were made.
“A flight by Air Memphis, owned by Egyptian businessman Rami Lakah, took off from Cairo to Tehran carrying eight Iranians including diplomats,” one airport official said. Then he added that the airline could later perform more tourist and business trips between Egypt and Iran.
Diplomatic relations between Iran and Egypt were cut as a result of the 1979 Islamic revolution in Tehran. But over the years ties improved, and have become significantly better since the election of Islamist Mohamed Mursi as president of Egypt in June 2012.