British Airways (BA) will resume direct flights to Iran’s capital Tehran starting 14 July, the company said.

The airline plans to start with six flights a week from Terminal 5 at London’s Heathrow airport before offering daily flights by winter of 2016. The route will be served by a four-class Boeing 777 aircraft.

BA suspended direct flights to Tehran in 2012. The route has since been served exclusively by the Islamic Republic’s state carrier Iran Air.

The British airline began operating flights between London and Tehran in 1946. “The recent lifting of sanctions opens up exciting new prospects for Iran as a tourist destination,” Paolo de Renzis, BA’s head of Middle East, Africa and Central Asia, said in a statement.