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Iran: Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport to start operating May 8

Tehran, May 3, IRNA -- Imam Khomeini International Airport will begin operations on Saturday, Minister of Roads and Transport Ali Khorram said here Sunday.

The airport, located 30 kilometers south of the capital Tehran, was due to start operations before the start of the current Iranian year, but a number of problems delayed the airport's operation, said Khorram.

He told IRNA that the problems had to do with difficulties related to the supply of fuel for planes and providing transport to passengers.

The obstacles have now been removed due to the coordination made by officials of the oil ministry, Khorram added.

He had previously said that if the problems were not solved with the help of the oil ministry, he and his ministry would ask the administration to intervene to find a solution.

As for the problem of providing transport to passengers who wish to avail of the airport's facilities, Khorram said that responsible bodies had offered to help solve the problem in order to enable the airport to start its work. He did not, however, mention the names of the bodies.

Imam Khomeini International Airport was inaugurated last Febuary but failed to start its activities due to the afore-stated difficulties.

Citing another cause for the delay in the start of the airport's operation, he said certain necessary units in the airport were not ready at the time of its inauguration.

He was pleased to announce that all required facilities for the airport to function have already been met by his ministry and that the airport is ready to operate on Saturday.

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