1120 GMT April 07, 2020
Ali Dadpey, who serves as the associate dean and MBA director for The Bill Munday School of Business at St. Edward's University, made the remarks in an interview with IRNA.
Iran has purchased 20 medium-range planes from Franco-Italian aircraft manufacturer ATR.
On May 17, Iran received the first batch of the aircraft which included four planes.
Dadpey hailed the performance of President Hassan Rouhani's administration to boost national aviation fleet noting ATR aircraft can be employed in the country's low-income markets and promoting tourism.
"The incumbent government has been the first administration which has taken steps to tap tourism potentials because it has renovated the aviation fleet, promoted ties with foreign nations and paved the ground for international airlines to use domestic airports. This has contributed to boosting revenues from air transit," he said.
The university lecturer said investing in air transport and establishing airports can generate jobs and wealth.
Citing Iran's tourism attractions, he said the promotion of the aviation fleet will result in economic development.
"Iran has historical cities with numerous tourism attractions. You can easily name five historical Iranian cities which are known for their tourism attractions in the world. Hence, the development of air transport and aviation fleet will not only impact the economy of metropolises such as Tehran but all cities across the nation," Dadpey said.
He said countries which have good airlines have turned into investment centers for hotel construction to take in greater numbers of tourists.
He said the establishment of more than a dozen of airlines turned Kish Island into a hub for investment.
Dadpey rejected criticisms that the purchase of new aircraft only benefits the rich saying all walks of life irrespective of financial needs can benefit from this.
He said ART planes are among low-cost planes which are designed for use in less developed regions.