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Four Countries to participate in the Construction of Qeshm Airport

Tehran, 5 March 2006 (CHN)-A joint consortium consisted of four Iranian, three Singaporean, Malaysian, and Australian companies won the bid of the construction of the second phase of Qeshm airport in BOT method (Build, Operate, and Transfer).

Following the sign of the contract between this consortium and Qeshm Free Zone Organization which is supposed to be finished this week, 81 million US dollars will be provided as finance for performing the project.

According to Mohammad Ketabchi, technical manager of Qeshm Investment Development Company, the foreign and Iranian companies which have won the bid of this project have sufficient specialty in this respect.

"This consortium is determined to establish a company in Qeshm Island and to register it," said Ketabchi.

The bid for construction the second phase of Qeshm airport started from October/November. Qeshm Free Zone Organization decided to implement BTO method in order to follow the profit issue as well. However, due to the low aerial traffic in Qeshm Island, some companies which wanted to take part the bid, were afraid of the return on investment.

Anyway, according to Ketabchi, 22 international and four Iranian companies announced their readiness for the bid, which a lot of them withdraw from the bid due to the possibility of imposing sanctions against Iran.

"The project of Qeshm International Airport was studied by Airways International Company in News land and Qeshm Investment Development Organization," said Ketabchi.

Completing the runway, construction the new Cargo terminal, infrastructure facilities, watch tower, fire fighting, terminal equipments, completing electricity and water pipes system, all are the programs in the second phase of construction.

"Due to the strategic position of Qeshm Island in the region, there is a positive future for the Cargo terminal, transit and airplane maintenance. The runway of the airport is appropriate for very giant airplanes such as Boeing 747. With establishing the second phase of Qeshm Airport, this aiport will be transformed into one of the main transit destinations in the Persian Gulf region," added Ketabchi.

Dubai Airport is the most crowded airport in the Persian Gulf region. According to Ketabchi, one of the main problems Dubai Airport has is the heavy aerial traffic of this region which has made it difficult for fulfill services.

All the four Arvand, Kish, Qeshm, and Chabahar free zones except for Chabahar, which the construction of its airport have just been started, enjoy international airports. Moreover, Asalouyeh International Airport will be opened by the end of this winter.

The strategic location of this airports in Persian Gulf have attracted the attention of authorities to develop these airports in order to increase the aerial transit, fueling and other airport maintenance services.

Qeshm Airport will also receive an international licence from International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) by the end of winter to further enhance its activities in the Persain Gulf region.

Qeshm Airport is equipped to NDB and DME units for directing the airplanes toward the airport. One of the airstrips of the airport is also equipped with PAPI system for directing the airplane towards this airstrip.

Fuel bunkering service up to 4 million litters is one of the other facilities of Qeshm International Airport compared to the other airports of the region which is an important factor for plances crossing over the Persian Gulf.

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