Iran plans to set up five new airports
Iran plans to build five new airports to bring the number of its airfields to 59 across the country, an Iranian official has announced.
Ali Golmohammadi, the deputy head of Iran Airports Company for operational affairs, told Moj news agency that the new airports will be built in the cities of Torbat-Heydarieh, Boroujerd, Maku, Saqez and Abadeh, Press TV reported.
Some 70 million dollars has been given to the company by the government this year to develop its construction projects, he said.
Golmohammadi says the company owns 54 airports of which only four are "economical for the country".
The official previously said plans are underway to classify and standardize airports countrywide.
He says systems, equipment and facilities will be provided to the airports to offer services in compliance with international standards.
Golmohammadi also told Moj news that the number of transit flights via Iran increased by 4.7 percent in 2008 compared with the previous year.