Iran opens key air terminal abandoned by Europeans


A new air terminal has been opened at Tehran’s main international airport.

The Salam Terminal, 30 km southwest of Tehran, is designed and built by local contractors, after European companies pulled out of the project in 2017.

It is the second of three at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKIA) inaugurated by President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday to handle 5 million passengers a year.

The project was part of an expansion plan which also included building the third terminal named Iranshahr.

French industrial group Bouygues and Aéroports de Paris signed a preliminary deal in January 2016 to build and run T3. Both companies however, canceled the $2.8 billion agreement in 2017, citing failure to get financial backing from international banks, which are still wary of US sanctions over their activities in Iran.

Currently, the Tehran metro network is linked up with IKIA’s first terminal, but a separate line is planned to end at the new terminals which will receive international flights, with domestic flights to be moved from Mehrabad airport to T1.

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