A car passes an Iranian Revolutionary Guard checkpoint on the road between Ahvaz and Khoramshahr on April 4, 2003
A car passes an Iranian Revolutionary Guard checkpoint on the road between Ahvaz and Khoramshahr. Iran plans to relocate an airport in the southwest of the country after discovering oil deposits under its runway, media reported on Saturday. © Henghameh Fahimi - AFP/File
A car passes an Iranian Revolutionary Guard checkpoint on the road between Ahvaz and Khoramshahr on April 4, 2003
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Last updated: January 2, 2013

Iran to move airport after oil found under runway

Iran plans to relocate an airport in the southwest of the country after discovering oil deposits under its runway, media reported on Saturday.

"The government has approved the relocation of the airport," Rasoulinejad said, adding that the new airport will be built 15 kilometres (9 miles) from the city.

He did not give any details about the oil deposits.

Rasoulinejad said that the airport is among "the country's busiest" with some 30 flights per day, adding that relocating it would also enable its much-needed expansion.

The NIOC did not comment on the government's decision.

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