This past January, as part of a wider restructuring and rebranding, Air France shifted Tehran services from its main network to the newly launched subsidiary, Joon, which aims primarily at a younger clientele between the ages of 18 and 35.
Now, the company is cutting its Paris-Tehran route to only operate between the two national capitals during the summer season, to take effect October 28.
"Air France has decided to adapt its program to better match demand," the airline's spokesperson told Reuters Wednesday.
Observers say the carrier is concerned with the international uncertainty over whether or not US President Donald Trump will withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal struck between Iran, the US and other powers. People doing business in Iran have reportedly been reluctant to travel to the Islamic Republic to close deals until the sanctions issue is settled.
"This just shows how the uncertainty on the Iran deal is beginning to have an impact on the business sentiment towards Iran," a European diplomat said, according to Reuters.
Meanwhile, flight schedule data from database firm OAG indicates that airlines flying to Iran from the UK, France, Germany and Turkey believe that demand for flights to Iran peaked last year.
According to the data, there were 6,281 scheduled one-way flights to Iran from those countries in the summer of 2017, compared to 5,594 planned for the summer of 2018. That is, however, higher than 4,666 in the summer of 2015.
Earlier this year, Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways also ended flights to Iran and Uganda.
The JCPOA was inked by the EU, Iran and the P5+1 group, which includes Russia, China, France, the UK, the US plus Germany, on July 14, 2015. Under the deal, Tehran pledged to not seek to develop or acquire nuclear weapons in exchange for the signatory powers lifting sanctions imposed against Iran for the purpose of stopping its alleged nuclear weapons development.