Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport was formally inaugurated by President Mohammad Khatami Sunday, IRNA reported.
The airport has been built on an area of 13,500 hectares of land at a total cost of over 2,600 billion rials (one dollar is equal to 8,350 rials) plus dlrs 60 million.
Between 6-6.5 million passengers will use the airport in its initial phase, 15 million in the second phase and 40 million in the third phase annually.
Twelve tentative flights had already taken place from the airport. The first official overseas flight from the airport is slated for February 19.
The airport is located 30 km south of Tehran.
Khatami: Iran's mighty nation set to build up its history
President Mohammad Khatami said on Sunday that Iran enjoys the privilege of having a mighty nation determined to build up the history of its motherland.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKIA), he lauded the noteworthy attempts of the offsprings of the country in building up their land including the IKIA project.
Turning to Iran's strategic, transit and geographical positions as a great advantage, he said that besides the glories created by Iran in the course of history, such a privileged position has enabled the country to render valuable services to the human community.
The president noted that a community and nation which has managed to build up its civilization would be able to settle the most grave difficulties facing it.
Pointing to Iran as one of the most pivotal places linking the east to west and the north to south, he added, "Undoubtedly, we have not yet made much use of such an advantageous position and its relative privileges.
"We could at least earn as much through transit as we currently do in the field of extraction and export of crude oil," he added.
The chief executive referred to the current favorable grounds for investment and said that given Iran's particular position, those willing to invest in the country would be provided with special rights.
"We hail chances of cooperation based on mutual respect aiming to secure the interests of both sides and steps have already been taken to this end.
"Iran needs to establish political, economic and cultural ties with various states, given that today's world is one that is interconnected, where no country could stay and act within its borderlines," he added.
The official said that Iran is not the only country which benefits from such mutual relations and noted that the world would greatly profit from bilateral exchanges with the country.
He added that the IKIA could facilitate such ties and exchanges. The ceremony, was also attended by the ministers of road and construction, Ahmad Khorram, housing and urban development, post, telephone and telegraph, ambassadors from a number of countries and foreign officials.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Khorram presented a report on the country's development in the field of transportation.
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