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Tehran governor underlines need to relocate airport

Tehran, Dec 13, IRNA-Governor of Tehran Kamran Daneshju said on Tuesday that all flights handled by Tehran's Mehrabad International Airport must soon be shifted to the south of the capital.

Daneshju told reporters that the airport, located within the capital city and surrounded by residential buildings, has created many problems, which should be removed as early as possible.

He said that in the first phase of the project, six million trips will be relocated to Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKIA) by March 20, marking end of the Iranian year of 1384, and by the third phase, all the 30 million trips of Mehrabad Airport will be transferred to the IKIA.

The governor did not specify the date the third phase will be complete.

He was speaking at a press conference on the sidelines of a memorial service held here on Tuesday in honor of two IRNA staff and two students of the IRNA-affiliated School of Media Studies, who lost their lives in the C130 plane crash on December 6.

Daneshju said the government is seriously pursuing the project.

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