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Iranian airline has license suspended

Iranian airline Mahan Air has had its operating permit suspended in the UK on the grounds of safety, the Department for Transport (DfT) has said.

The DfT said that the airline had recently been involved in a number of incidents which suggested a poor level of operational control and safety management. It noted that some aircraft were being operated without collision avoidance systems.

"We suspended the operating permit of Mahan Air on Friday night as it's not able to operate safely," a spokesman for the department said.

"We'll with work with EU and other partners to help Air Mahan to rectify any deficiencies, but we won't allow them to recommence operations until they have convinced us they can do it safely."

In June, Mahan increased the number of flights it operates between the Iranian capital Tehran and the city of Manchester to five a week.