Direct flights between Iran and Tajikistan have resumed after Varesh Airlines flew from Iran's holy city of Mashhad to Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe on June 6.

Varesh Airlines is a private company founded in 2018. This airline performed its first flight on October 9 last year (from Tehran to Sari, the capital of Iran’s Mazandaran Province), IRNA reported. 

Earlier, flights from Mashhad to Dushanbe and back were performed by Iranian company Aseman Airlines, which stopped flights on this route in October last year due to “economic problems”. As a result, passengers who wanted to travel to Tajikistan had to take an indirect route to Tajikistan from a third country, which increased both costs and the flight time.

The new flights from Mashhad to Dushanbe are operated on Thursdays at 9:15 a.m. local time and the return flight is scheduled for the same day at 1 p.m.

The cost of a single ticket, according to Tajik Telegraph Agency, is $250. 

Iran’s Embassy in Tajikistan hopes the number of direct flights between the two countries will increase in the future, as mutual relations strengthen and travelers increase.