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New THR I'ntl Airport

Fri Sep 10, 2004 9:27 am

I was recently reading the Economist, in particular an interesting article on Iran. One paragraph caught my attention. It basically stated that a new airport had been built in Tehran, but was not open due to certain Islamic groups opposing the airports non-Iranian management. Anyone from the region no more about this?
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RE: New THR I'ntl Airport

Fri Sep 10, 2004 12:36 pm

Not sure what the real reason is, but when I was there in May, the airport opened briefly for one flight and then was closed. There was some dispute with the security company that had been hired at the airport. But who knows what the real reason is.
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RE: New THR I'ntl Airport

Fri Sep 10, 2004 3:26 pm

This is funny, because they made a big deal about the airport. If and when they go ahead with it, it will be a nightmare to transfer to domestic Iranian flights, as they are supposedly still going to go from Mehrabad
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RE: New THR I'ntl Airport

Fri Sep 10, 2004 3:31 pm

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RE: New THR I'ntl Airport

Fri Sep 10, 2004 3:42 pm

The new airports management was initially given to TAV, a consortium that manages Istanbul Ataturk International. (The consortium consists of two Turkish companies and Vienna airport consulting.)

The hardliner Islamists tried to prevent the airport to be operated by a foreign company (they claimed that TAV has ties to Israel) and two days it became operational the Iranian army moved into the airport. (This is what was told in the Turkish press)

apparently some internal struggle is going on between moderates and hardliners, because the Iranian president himself promised to the Turkish PM recently that the airport will be opened under TAV's management, as soon as some issues are taken care of.

As far as the airport goes, the images I saw showed a modern airport, and TAV s contact includes a second terminal to double the capacity.
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RE: New THR I'ntl Airport

Sat Sep 11, 2004 4:10 am

Sadly, given the history of Iran's hard-liners, and their near-insanity level of micro-management of nearly every facet of life in Iran, this is not a surprise. I would not be shocked to find out that a higher-up in the government was offended by the Turkish presence in the new airport because the Turks are Sunni Muslims and not Shi'ite. If this isn't a wake-up call for the rest of the world to get religion out of politics, I don't know what would be.
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