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TRANSPORTATION: New International Airport Will Reopen in August, Minister Says


Transportation minister announced that Tehran’s new international airport, which was shut down last May by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp, will reopen in August, with the Turkish consortium TAV as the airport’s operator. IRGC had cited security risks rising from a foreign company’s involvement in the airport’s operation as its reason for closing it. July 22, 2004 - Tehran’s new airport, shut down by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp on May 8, on the day of its opened for business after 35 years of construction, will reopen in mid-August, transportation minister Ahmad Khorram announced on Monday, during a visit to the site. He did not explain why the airport was now being permitted to reopen. The IRGC had said government plans to hand over the running of the site to Turkish-led consortium TAV had created security concerns, but Khorram said TAV will resume its role as the airport operator. Khorram did not explain why the airport was now permitted to re-open, but said the private sector would still run its day-to-day operations. "In case of any security concerns, domestic forces will address them,” he said. Diplomatic sources said they expect a formal agreement to be signed with TAV when Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan visits Iran later this month, Reuters reports in a dispatch from Tehran. TAV was also awarded a USD$193 million deal to build and operate a second terminal at the airport. “The government concluded that the agreement with TAV was flawless and it should become effective,” Khorram said, adding that $600 million has already been invested in the airport, 28 miles (45km) south of Tehran, which would replaces Mehrabad Airport as Tehran’s international gateway.
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