Friday, April 29, 2005

EC chairman Rafsanjani inspects Imam Khomeini International Airport - Irna

EC chairman inspects Imam Khomeini International Airport - Irna: "EC chairman inspects Imam Khomeini International Airport Tehran, April 28, IRNA

Imam Airport-EC Chairman
The Chairman of the Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani inspected Thursday Imam Khomeini
International Airport (IKIA).

Rafsanjani, accompanied by Minister of Roads and Transportation Mohammad Rahmati, inspected various parts of the airport and was briefed on the construction process of the biggest airport in the country.

Rafsanjani, a possible candidate for the 9th presidential election, took part in a briefing session of the administrative managers of IKIA.

In the meeting, he termed displacement of passengers as one of the most important problems in the airport, saying that construction of a metro line could remove this problem.

He also underlined the need for construction of green areas around the airport which is the most prestigious airport in Iran.

The civil aviation authorities announced Wednesday that Iran is set to finally reopen its biggest airport here Saturday which was closed down by armed forces in last May due to some security concerns.

According to civil aviation authorities on Wednesday, Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKIA) will handle all flights on the route between Iran and the United Arab Emirates.

"All flights of domestic and foreign companies from Tehran to the United Arab Emirates and vice versa will be carried out from the Imam Khomeini International Airport, effective April 30," the statement said.

Iran's armed forces closed down Imam Khomeini International Airport on May 8, 2004, citing security concerns, just after it was officially inaugurated with the landing of a foreign aircraft.

Officials have said that the IKIA will eventually be able to handle 40 million passengers a year, making Tehran a regional transport hub."