Iran opens strategic airport on Greater Tunb Island

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TEHRAN – Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has opened a passenger airport on the important Greater Tunb island in the Persian Gulf.

IRGC and Iran’s civil aviation authorities traveled to the Tunb metropolitan area with the first passenger flight to the island to open a new runway at Imam Ali Airport, IRIB News reported on Tuesday.

Covering just over 10 square kilometers in area, Great Tunb is one of three Iranian islands overlooking the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf.

Almost a fifth of the world’s crude oil flows through the Strait of Hormuz, which is controlled by Iran and neighboring Oman.

Iran has frequently denied UAE territorial claims to the Great Tunb and two other neighboring islands.

Mohammad Mohammadi Bakhsh, head of the Civil Aviation Organization of Iran (CAO), said the new runway at Greater Tunb Airport will facilitate travel to the island from key business areas in southern Iran, including Bandar Abbas.

He explained that the CAO had issued all necessary clearances for passenger aircraft to take off and land at the airport.

According to the official, the airport will soon be able to accommodate 24-hour flights to numerous locations in Iran.

The IRGC opened Imam Ali Airport in Greater Tunb in 2010. The airport’s new runway is 2,150 meters long and can accommodate small passenger jets such as the ERJ-145.

The complex is approximately 130 kilometers (80 miles) from an international airport in Bandar Abbas, an Iranian port city on the Persian Gulf coast.

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