Iran plans to build five new airports around the country at a total cost of $70m.

Iran Airports Company (IAC) says the new airports will be situated in the towns of Abadeh in the centre of the country, Boroujerd in the west, Maku and Saqqez in the northwest and Torbat-Heydarieh in the northeast.

The new airports will improve air connections to some of Iran’s more remote areas. The construction work will be funded by the government but no timetable for beginning or completing the work has been set out.

The IAC also says planning is underway to begin upgrading and standardising equipment, IT systems and facilities at the country’s airports to bring more of them into line with international standards.