Mehrabad Airport Will Remain Open During Renovation

Mehrabad Airport Will Remain Open During RenovationMehrabad Airport Will Remain Open During Renovation

Mehrabad Airport will not be closed during renovation. However, air traffic will be restricted and commercial and passenger traffic will likely be affected due to the proposed plan to renovate the airport’s 2 runways, said general director of Iranian Airports Holding Company, Rahmatullah Mahabadi.

“With 10% growth in domestic passenger traffic at Mehrabad Airport, it will take at least two decades to relocate the airport,” he added.

The 70-year-old airport comprises two runways, “29 Right and 29 Left,” and is an important segment in Iran’s domestic air transportation.

Renovation of the runway will be carried out for the first time since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, in four stages, through state-of-the-art concrete technology.

 The budget allocated for the renovation project is $30 million and work is expected to be completed within 10 months, by the end of the year (March 20, 2016), reports Eghtesad News.

“Concrete technology had been previously used in Mehrabad aprons (aircraft parking area) as well as the Tabriz International Airport. Technical knowhow for the renovation will be in consultation with foreign experts.”

Project implementation will be concurrent with air traffic and might cause inconvenience such as delays and restrictions, but the number of flights will not be reduced, Mahabadi added.

The second project on hand is the construction of the Airport City. Airport City Company has been established in this regard and is currently in the process of registration.