Wednesday, 15 January, 2020

Iran to build seven international airports within 10 years

Roads and Urban Development Minister Abbas Akhoundi announced on Saturday that seven international airports are to be built in the vicinity of the Tehran in the next ten years to guarantee Iran’s pioneering role in security and development of the region.

Speaking at the ‘International Transportation and Development Summit; Investment Opportunities’ at the IRIB International Conference Center, Akhoundi noted that a new era has begun in Iran’s ties with the world following the nuclear agreement with P5+1 (the US, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany) last July, reported Fars News Agency.

“We will witness a new chapter in various sectors, including transportation, in view of Iran’s strategic position in the region,” Akhoundi said at the gathering which will end today.

He said that at present, some 92 percent of domestic transportation is conducted by road and the government plans to reduce this figure to 78 percent by raising the share of air transportation from its current 0.1 to one percent.

“Seven international airports, with the capacity of receiving 400 long-haul flights each, will be constructed around Tehran to improve transit potentials in the region,” the minister added.

Akhoundi underlined that the administration seeks to attract foreign investments to improve domestic infrastructure and transit projects, including the intended airports, and has eased the related regulations in this respect.

“We will put the projects out to tender in the future to attract the required funds,” he said.

On August 31, Head of the Presidential Office Mohammad Nahavandian announced that the Islamic Republic has turned into a hub of air transit in the region, especially following the Vienna agreement with the world six powers.

“Iran will renovate its domestic air fleet when the sanctions on the aviation industry fall away in the upcoming months,” Nahavandian said in a televised interview.

The official underlined that to experience a booming economy, Iran needs to exploit its transportation potential by developing its railways, roads and ports.

“The incumbent government will take advantage of domestic and foreign investments to convert the country into a bridge that links West to East,” he said.

Foreign aviation companies have made a flood of offers to sell airplanes to Iran following the nuclear agreement between Iran and the six world powers that ended an embargo on the supply of passenger planes to Tehran.

Tehran has been in talks with international aviation companies to purchase airplanes.

Earlier in the same month, Deputy Head of the Civil Aviation Organization of Iran Mohammad Khodakarami said the country plans to buy up to 90 Airbus and Boeing passenger planes per year to revamp its aging air fleet.

Iran also held talks with MTU Aero Engines AG over supplying maintenance services to its ageing fleet.

“MTU has a great interest in supporting Iranian airlines with maintenance services and negotiations with Iranian companies are done in consultation with German and US export control authorities,” Chief Executive of MTU Aero Engines Reiner Winkler said in July

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