Emirates will launch a new service to Mashhad, Iran from September 1st 2015, marking its second gateway into the country.
The UAE-carrier will operate to Mashhad with five weekly services utilising an Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, divisional senior vice president commercial operations, centre, said: “Mashhad’s addition to our global network will enable us to provide flexibility and choice for customers creating new inbound and outbound markets for tourism.
“We look forward to boosting traffic in and out of Mashhad and drawing in visitors from a host of points across our global network including cities in Europe, India, Pakistan, the GCC, as well as Far East destinations like Bangkok.”
Mashhad is the second largest city in Iran and attracts more than two million foreign visitors per year.
Due to its proximity to Central Asian countries, Mashhad hosts numerous international exhibitions each year and is the second most active exhibition centre after Tehran.
Last year, Emirates carried more than half a million passengers to and from Iran.
Emirates services to Mashhad will depart on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from Dubai as EK967 at 04:10 arriving at Mashhad International Airport at 07:00.
The return flight, EK968 will depart Mashhad International Airport at 08:45 arriving in Dubai at 10:45.
Services will be operated by a combination of a three class and two class configured A330-200.