MEA310 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2002, 660 posts, RR: 13 Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5216 times:
It indeed is an awesome place to spot,only if there was more traffic day time,as you probably know about 80 -85% of the traffic arrives night time.
And tourism is actually growing,this summer was really good,hope it grows even higher.
Hope you liked our airport BA.
Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 7808 posts, RR: 54 Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 5122 times:
Good to know tourism hasn't been affected by the latest western imperial adventure in the region. I was last there in September 2001 (left on the 10th, no less). Not only was it my last flightdeck landing, but I was actually standing up (jumpseats were both occupied). Quite a ride, as you can imagine, speeding down the approach surrounded by high rise buildings. The new runway was finished but hadn't opened yet so we went right over downtown; presumably that doesn't happen so much anymore.
It sure would be nice to see some more traffic at BEY, I was staying in the hills (a town called Shemlan) which gave me the exact same view of the airport as in BA's photo, and I only saw a couple of movements all week - but if the 80% figure is true about night time movements then maybe that goes some way to explaining why.
Apparently the PM (the Solidere guy, can't remember his name) took quite a lot of stick for building such a big airport but I think it was the right thing to do, squeezing extra capacity out of an airport that's full is almost impossible (see: Heathrow).
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz