Lonely Planet Writer

This week's top airline stories from around the world

The top airline stories from this week include the world’s busiest flight routes, more opportunities to get to Iran, a new budget flight from an Icelandic airline and a way to learn in the sky.

Dublin to London was Europe's most popular flight route.
Dublin to London was Europe’s most popular flight route. Dublin image: D464-Darren Hall London Image: Sam valadi CC BY 2.0

Hong KongTaipei is the world’s busiest international air route, with more than five million passengers passing between the cities. The busiest flight route in Europe – and second worldwide – is between Dublin and London, where nearly 4.5 million people flew in 2015. It marked a 9% increase in air traffic over the previous year on the short-haul flight, or by 370,000 passengers. With many people heading between the cities for business, flights to London accounted for almost 18% of Dublin Airport’s total flights last year.

British Airways suspends flights over Ebola fears. Image by RHL Images / CC BY-SA 2.0
British Airways. Image by RHL Images / CC BY-SA 2.0

After a four-year hiatus, British Airways is looking at reinstating flights to Tehran. As the West begins to lift sanctions, Iran has seen an increase in enthusiasm in the country for tourism. Interest has taken off since the Foreign Office reopened its embassy in Tehran.

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Tehran and other Iranian cities have become a big favourite with customers following the lifting of sanctions with the West
Tehran and other Iranian cities have become a big favourite with customers following the lifting of sanctions with the West Image by Hamed Saber / CC BY 2.0

As BA looks at launching flights into Iran, the country is also looking to promote inbound and outbound tourism after announcing the purchase of 114 new Airbus planes. The planes will replace its current aging fleet and the first new aircraft are expected to arrive in mid-March.

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WOW announces Baltimore- Iceland flights.
WOW announces Baltimore- Iceland flights. Image by Alec Wilson / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Icelandic budget airline WOW air has announced that it will add a daily flight between Baltimore and Iceland starting this June. WOW has recently been adding more and more flights between the US and Iceland as tourism booms in the small Nordic nation.

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Virgin Australia is giving passengers the option of learning in the sky.
Virgin Australia is giving passengers the option of learning in the sky. Image by Virgin Australia Twitter

Virgin Australia is looking to give its passengers an intellectual boost by offering in-flight education courses. The airline will offer short courses catered to travellers on topics like photography and financial planning.

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