Iran opens strategic airport on Great Tumb Island
TEHRAN — Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has opened a passenger airport on the important Persian Gulf island of Greater Tumb.
According to an IRIB News report on Tuesday, the IRGC and Iranian civil aviation authorities visited Greater Tumb during the first passenger flight to the island to open a new runway at its Imam Ali airport.
Great Tumb, just over 10 square kilometers in area, is one of three Iranian islands that overlook the Strait of Hormuz at the opening of the Persian Gulf.
Nearly a fifth of the world’s crude oil passes through the Strait of Hormuz, which is controlled by Iran and neighboring Oman.
Iran has frequently denied territorial claims to Greater Tumb and two other neighboring islands by the United Arab Emirates.
Mohammad Mohammadi Bakhsh, head of Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization (CAO), said the new runway at Greater Tunb Airport will facilitate travel to the island from major commercial areas in southern Iran. Iran, especially Bandar Abbas.
He said the CAO has provided all necessary clearances for passenger planes to take off and land at the airport.
The airport will soon be able to accommodate planes 24 hours a day to many places in Iran, according to the official.
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 resort is approximately 130 kilometers (80 miles) from an international airport in Bandar Abbas, an Iranian port city on the Persian Gulf coast.