Tehran, Jan 15, IRNA-All international flights will be handled at the newly-built Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKIA) by the end of the current Iranian year (March 20, 2007), Minister of Roads and Transport Mohammad Rahmati said.
He said in inaugural ceremony of new head of National Civil Aviation Organization that the NCAO is expected to shift all international flights from Mehrabad airport to Imam Khomeini International Airport by March 20.
Rahmati called on international airlines companies to cooperate with Iranian Civil Aviation Organization to complete the shift.
Referring to Imam Khomeini Airport as a promising project with updated airport services in the region, he emphasized the need for taking prompt action for activating IKIA, saying that private sector participation in the airport executive operation could effectively contribute to its development.
He said that air transport has the strategic significance for national development and that it is superior to other types of transport facilities.
The minister added that due to the country's vast area, national aviation industry should be given due importance and steps should be taken forward for the industry's progress and development.
Meanwhile, new head of National Civil Aviation Organization Hossein Khanlari outlined his plans regarding the organization.
On promotion of current standards and flight safety as 'the most important goal of aviation industry', he said that with reliance upon national expertise, practical steps have been taken with commissioning high-tech safety devices at IKIA, Tehran.
He said that the national civil aviation organization calls for close relationship with the academic centers to promote the employees status.
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