Iran Spends $6mln to Facilitate Trips to Historical City

TEHRAN (FNA) – Five renovation and development projects were inaugurated Tuesday at Esfahan’s Martyr Beheshti Airport using a budget of around USD6mln.

The projects which were commissioned during Ten Days of Dawn, marking the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution victory in Iran, 1-11 February, include improvement of a runway, the airport’s power network and the expansion of a terminal allocated to flights for the Hajj pilgrimage.

Ketabchi, the managing-director of the country’s airports, spoke at the gathering saying that 450bln rials have been allocated for the development of the country’s airports until 20th March, the end of the current Iranian year.

He said Esfahan’s Martyr Beheshti Airport would be able to receive around 9mln passengers by March 2010 and spending a budget of 250bln rials on the development of the airport.

Bakhtiari, the governor-general of Esfahan, said the projects were part of the decisions made during a visit to Esfahan by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his cabinet ministers.

Bakhtiari and Ketabchi signed a document agreeing to the implementation of an international terminal for Esfahan’s Martyr Beheshti Airport.

Esfahan TV showed senior officials cutting a ribbon, internal shots of the airport and its facilities, an official pressing a button, speaking at the ceremony and signing documents.

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