CAIRO — Egyptian and Iranian airlines agreed Sunday to resume direct flights between the two countries for the first time since 1979, when Teheran severed ties because Egypt made peace with Israel and gave asylum to the shah deposed in the Islamic Revolution.
"Egypt and Iran are the lungs of the Middle East and the two can't breath without each other," Shahbaz Yazdani, an Iranian cultural official, told the independent Egyptian daily Al-Masry Al-Youm on Friday.
The head of the Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority Sameh al-Hafni said that according to the new agreement, 28 flights regulated by a privately owned company called Egyptian Mission will carry travelers between the capitals of the two countries weekly.
Rami Lakah, owner of Egyptian Mission, said the contract with Iranian counterpart Kish Air is for eight years. There was no word on when flights would begin.