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Tehran's new airport handles 20 flights daily

Tehran, May 3, IRNA-Managing Director of Tehran's newly-opened Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKIA) said on Monday that the airport is receiving 20 flights daily.

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Reza Jafarzadeh told IRNA that all the flights to and form Tehran to the UAE are carried out form the airport.

He added that starting May 9 flights to all Persian Gulf destinations, excluding Saudi Arabia, will take off from the IKIA.

On some shortcomings in rendering services to passengers at the airport, he added that IKIA officials are working to alleviate the problems and satisfy the travellers' needs.

Iran dismissed safety fears at its new international airport which the country re-opened Saturday with the landing of a flight from Dubai.

The director general of Iran's Airports Company, Asghar Ketabchi, stressed that IKIA is completely secure after Britain and Canada advised travellers not to use it.

Iran officially reopened IKIA airport Saturday with the landing of an Iran Air flight, putting behind months of bickering which had kept it shut down since it was inaugurated by President Mohammad Khatami almost a year ago.

According to civil aviation authorities Wednesday, Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKIA) will initially handle all flights on the route between Iran and the United Arab Emirates.

Officials have said that the IKIA will eventually be able to handle 40 million passengers a year, making Tehran a regional transport hub.

Iran had initially awarded the Turkish-Austrian consortium Tepe-Akfen-Vie (TAV) to build and operate the IKIA.

Transport Minister Mohammad Rahmati was quoted in February as saying that Iranian officials had accepted to cede the IKIA operations to a consortium of six domestic entities if parliament removed TAV from the picture.

"In the event of the Majlis' opposition to the participation of the Turkish company TAV in the IKIA deal, the situation will change across-the-board," the daily Kayhan quoted him as saying.

Rahmati said the government as well as the transport ministry were awaiting parliament's decision on whether to engage TAV in the deal.

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