Mashhad’s New Terminal Opened, e-Visa Launched at 3 Airports

New terminal at Mashhad Airport

A new domestic transit terminal has been inaugurated at Mashhad Shahid Hashemi Nejad International Airport on Monday. The opening ceremony was attended by several officials, including the Iran’s Minister of Roads and Urban Developments Abbas Akhoundi, according to the airport’s website.

Mashhad Airport is considered as a very important airport due to the pilot projects we are chosen to carry out. We look at this airport in a national perspective and I must say that we are glad with the results, Iran Airports Company (IAC) deputy CEO planning Hossein Bagherian said.

The airport’s general manager Mohammad Bagher Ghasemzadeh stated that the new transit terminal was completed within 60 days with 7 milliards IRR in a capital and has brought several changes. The 1200 m² large area now has 11 gates, instead of previously 6 and the plan is to increase it by 3 more in the near future to make the journey smoother for the travelers.

Our priorities at Mashhad Airport have always been to offer high standard services and assistance to our passengers and we are always trying to improve these parameters.

Mashhad is with its roughly 3 million population a greatly important city for Iran’s tourism industry. The Imam Reza Shrine, a popular Shia pilgrimage destination, is one of the reasons that Mashhad has become the second largest airport in Iran, even larger than Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Airport In 2015, Mashhad handled about 8,5 million passengers. The record of the number of flights was recently broken in June 2016 when the airport saw 244 flights during one sole day.
New announcement system

Mashhad Airport became Iran’s very first airport to be equipped with an automatic voice announcement system as it started to use the new system during the previous week.

The new domestic made system was presented alongside with the opening of the new terminal. The new system will replace the around 400,000 announcements that the personnel earlier used to announce traditionally.

It is worth noticing that Mashhad Airport is Middle East’s 3rd airport using this system.

Introducing e-Visa

The Foreign Ministry announced that they currently are evaluating a new electronic visa (e-Visa) feature. Iran expects the new service to be launched before the end of 2016. Foreign travelers will from thereon apply for a visa online, a more effective and faster way than the current visa on arrival (VoA) procedure. In July 2016, Iran extended the VoA validity from 30 days to 3 months.

E-visa is now available, for experiment purposes, at Tehran-IKA, Shiraz and Mashhad Airport. Additionally, it is available at Iran’s embassies in Kabul, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi as well as the consulates in Mazar-i-Sharif, Herat, Kandahar and Jalalabad in Afghanistan.


Photo: Nima Najafzadeh, Tasnim News Agency