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January 2019, No. 90


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IKAC to Become Regional Hub


Presence of a free zone can greatly help develop transportation, increase flights and lead to improvement of aviation. But, cargo loading here should not result in congestion.


Newly appointed Minister of Roads and Urban Development Mohammad Eslami stressing that Imam Khomeini Airport City should become a hub in the region through development of the transit section, said by adhering to the timetable for the implementation of projects, no time and opportunity should be wasted to accomplish this job.

The minister who was on his first inspection tour of Imam Khomeini Airport City said: “IKAC should become a gem in the region.” He further remarked that in this largest airport complex, realization of the share of the passenger and cargo on the basis of combined transportation with the focus on air transport should be set as an aspiration and realization of its goals should be accelerated.

Referring to the importance of adhering to the timetables in realization of the targets, he said qualitative and quantitative goals should be fulfilled within a specific time schedule.     

Gradual Movement Tantamount to Losing Opportunities

The minister noted that financial models for investment should be applied through attracting investment by implementing different methods such as BLT, BOO, BOT, or EPCF in order to achieve realization of the goals.

Underlining the need for attraction of investment in Imam Khomeini Airport City, Eslami said attracting investors should be in such a way that all the targeted goals would be realized within the scheduled time so that a powerful hub of passenger and cargo will be witnessed there and the capability for progress would become ever-increasing.

Commenting on the advantages of a free zone in IKAC, the minister said: “Presence of a free zone can greatly help develop transportation, increase flights and lead to improvement of aviation. But, cargo loading here should not result in congestion.”

He added that the complex should be equipped with a special highway so that passengers would reach the city center quickly. This route should be centered around the economy of a region that focuses on combined transportation with concentration on air transport.

Eslami referred to the importance of the expansion of transit flights in IKAC and said: parallel with the construction of Salam Terminal complementary investment should have been launched for the development of aviation in this complex. He said the volume of passenger transit can be increased when there are connection flights.

“If the volume of transit is increased the targeted growth could be reached. The transit volume would be increased through the practice of stable, uninterrupted and quality programs and by taking advantage of comprehensive and complementary services,” the minister noted.

 

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