In January 2017, AIRASIA X, the low-cost arm of AirAsia added more flights to Tehran from Kuala Lumpur six months after resuming its flight to the capital of Iran. AirAsia resumed its direct flight to Tehran on June 21, 2016.
"Foreign airlines, including Malaysia's AirAsia and Britain's BMI, are ceasing services to Iran amid its mounting economic problems spurred on by Western sanctions. AirAsia announced it was suspending its four flights a week between Kuala Lumpur and Tehran from next Sunday because of challenging business conditions, notably the 'volatility of the Iranian currency.'" (The Daily Star, "Airlines stop Iran flights as currency crisis bites," 10/8/2012)