Iranian airline, Mahan Air, has applied for a Scheduled Foreign Operators Permit for a twice-weekly service between Tehran and Johannesburg.
Media Liaison Officer of the South African Department of Transport, Motlatsi Lebea, says the application is still in process as the DOT awaits outstanding documents from Mahan Air.
Mahan Air is a private airline, first established in 1992, and currently flies to destinations in the Middle East, Far East, Central Asia and Europe.
Meanwhile, international sanctions on Iran were lifted earlier this year and during a two-day visit in April, President Jacob Zuma and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani agreed to increase non-oil trade and investment between South Africa and Iran to a billion dollars by 2020.
The two countries signed eight bilateral trade agreements in the fields of trade and industry, energy, mining, agriculture, water resources, and co-operation in intelligence gathering and anti-money-laundering initiatives, and developed an accompanying road map for strengthening economic co-operation.