About this project

Located around 45km south of Tehran’s city centre in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Imam Khomeini International Airport handled 7.2 million passengers and around 64,000 tons of cargo in 2015.

With a second terminal currently under construction and a second runway on the horizon, Imam Khomeini Airport City Company (IKAC) has the ambition for the airport to become a major hub in the region and to develop the first airport city in the country.

In order to achieve this target, IKAC needs to significantly develop and expand Imam Khomeini International Airport and the surrounding 13,700 hectares around the airport. As such, the company appointed NACO and our local partner consortium 3T as Master Consultant to provide specialised services and assist in the planning, development and implementation of Imam Khomeini Airport City.

We started work in December 2015 with the review and refinement of the existing airport and airport city master plans. In parallel, we initiated the development of the new Iranshahr Terminal 2, began various studies to work towards optimising and refurbishing the existing terminal, and also provided assistance to complete the new Salam Terminal and the second runway.

Considering the size of the area to be developed, the main challenge we faced in this project was to ensure effective integration between the airport city and the ongoing development at the airport itself. Defining the first phase of the airport city whilst ensuring a flexible and easily phasable development plan was our key focus. We ensured that all of the different elements of our work were explicitly included in all development proposals, whilst keeping the short term and long term development objectives in mind.

Based on the refined master plan, new development projects will be defined and implemented over the coming years, and include the first phase development of the new airport city. Throughout the project we will continue providing a range of services, including master planning, bidding and contracting services, engineering services and technical support, as well as project management.