0921 GMT July 17, 2019
Head of Civil Aviation Organization of Iran Ali Abedzadeh said the financial supporters of the new airlines were already purchasing planes from global providers, Press TV reported.
He hoped that some of the new airlines would go into operation before or in early 2018.
The new carriers, he added, would provide a variety of services focusing on flights to domestic, regional and international destinations. Some of them, the official underlined, would only provide charter flight services.
Abedzadeh said the minimum investment for launching a new airline in Iran is around $90 million.
He further stated that the new airlines would encourage competition among carriers — what he said would eventually lead to the improvement of services in Iran's aviation industry.
The announcement about the establishment of new airlines comes as Iran is pushing ahead with its campaign to purchase planes from global suppliers such as Airbus, Boeing and ATR.