Talking to reporters on the sidelines of inauguration of the first phase of National Project for Management of Iranshahr Sky, he added that an agreement with Airbus was signed and measures are underway to receive permits for buying airplanes from the European company.
Referring to the advantages of inauguration of 7,000 kilometers of airways, the minister said that the project will help reduce no-fly zones in the country and it will also enable the country to design most of the airways directly.
Saving 400 billion rials in energy consumption is another advantage of increasing Iranian airways and reducing no-fly zones, he said.
Akhoundi added that Iran is seeking to turn into a regional aviation hub and will do its utmost in this respect.
'Iran's sky has transformed into one of the safest and we are ready to prepare the Iranian space for all domestic and foreign airways,' he said.