Baku, Azerbaijan, June 6
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
With building two new terminals at Iran's Imam Khomeini International Airport, its arrival and departure capacity will be boosted by 6 times, said Iranian Transport and Urban Development Minister Abbas Akhoundi.
"We expect that by the next three years, the airport's capacity would surge to 30 million passengers per year from the current 5 million passengers," Iran's IRNA news agency quoted Akhoundi as saying on June 6.
The expansion of airports can play a key role in the expansion of tourism and the attraction of foreign travelers, he added.
One of the new terminals is projected to come on stream by the next 14 months, he noted.
Imam Khomeini International Airport is located about 40 kilometers southwest of the Iranian capital. Once the expansion is complete, the existing terminal will be used for domestic flights.
Iran plans a $2.8 billion expansion of the airport and France's Bouygues SA (EN) is among the companies to express interest, the local consulting company on the proposal said last October.
According to officials, companies from France, China, and Malaysia have shown interest in implementing the project.