Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport City (IKAC) has signed an agreement to design, develop and construct Iran’s first and largest air logistics centre at the new airport city. The agreement announced on 27 May 2017, was signed between Tehran-IKAC, NACO the Dutch firm in charge of the airport city project and adi Consulting GmbH, a Swiss firm contracted for the new logistics centre.
Hossein Tajik, Tehran-IKAC’s vice president for investment and economic affairs stressed the importance of logistics in an airport’s operations. He estimated that handling 100,000 tonnes of cargo would be equal to what is generated from about a million passengers.
Iran is situated in an area with a market consisting of close to 400 million people which Iran, unfortunately, has failed to take advantage of due to both internal and external factors, Tajik said.
adi Consulting GmbH, a Swiss firm focused on managing cargo capacity in the air freight sector and has constructed “successful air logistics centres in Western Asia” according to Tehran-IKAC, something the airport city hopes to replicate.
This project’s focus is on logistics and I believe this is a way to success. It is a known matter that logistics is the main player in all corporations and trades, both domestic and international. If this project goes well, it will be a great step for Iran, Executive Chairman of adi Consulting GmbH Jean J. Godart said.
In the next two to three months, the Swiss firm must present its project plans, including investments and guarantees, to NACO, the company in charge of the whole airport city project. The three parties expect to have a firm agreement prior to March 2018 and after that, a construction start may be permitted.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development aspires to encourage foreign cargo airlines to start operations to Iran as well as improving the country’s ranking in the Logistics Performance Index (LPI), identifying countries’ performance on trade logistics. In 2016, Germany ranked first with the score 4,23 while Iran scored 2,60. Turkey scored 2,42 and the UAE 3,94.
In 2016, Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport handled 120,000 tonnes of cargo, noting an increase of about 8,7% compared to 2015. The airport handles dedicated cargo flights operated by foreign airlines Turkish Cargo and Qatar Airways Cargo on a weekly basis.
In May 2017, Aviation Iran reported about the development of the two new airport terminals in Tehran and Shiraz. Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport’s second terminal, named Salam Terminal, is set to open prior to March 2018 with a larger terminal opening a few years later. In two years, the exclusively international airport will also start to take over domestic flights from Tehran Mehrabad Airport.
Photo: Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport City