Abadan International Airport

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Abadan International Airport

فرودگاه بین المللی آبادان
Airport typePublic
ServesAbadan, Khuzestan
LocationAbadan, Iran
Elevation AMSL7 ft / 2 m
Coordinates30°21′55″N 048°13′59″E / 30.36528°N 48.23306°E / 30.36528; 48.23306Coordinates: 30°21′55″N 048°13′59″E / 30.36528°N 48.23306°E / 30.36528; 48.23306
ABD is located in Iran
Location of airport in Iran
Direction Length Surface
m ft
14R/32L 3,101 10,174 Asphalt
14L/32R 2,265 7,430 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Aircraft Movements6,425 Decrease 5%
Passengers644,915 Increase 0%
Cargo5,669 tonnes Increase 0%

Abadan International Airport (IATA: ABD, ICAO: OIAA) is situated 12 kilometers away from the city of Abadan, Iran.[2]


U.S. planes stand ready to be picked up at Abadan Field (1942)

During World War II, Abadan Airport was a major logistics center for Lend-Lease aircraft being sent to the Soviet Union by the United States. Beginning in May 1942, the United States Army Air Forces Air Technical Service Command and the Douglas Aircraft Company established a plant here, with the 17th Air Depot Group assembling newly arrived aircraft and flight-testing them. Once prepared, they were flown to Mehrabad Airport, Tehran, for delivery to the Soviets.[3][4] The airport was designated as Station #3, by the Air Transport Command North African Wing, with connecting routes to Mehrabad Airport, Tehran; RAF Habbaniya, Iraq, and Bahrain Airport, Bahrain.[5] [6]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service:

Iran Air Isfahan, Shiraz, Tehran-Mehrabad
Iran Air Tours Tehran-Mehrabad
Iran Aseman Airlines Isfahan, Kuwait,[7] Shiraz, Tehran-Mehrabad
Kish Air Kish Island, Tehran-Mehrabad
Qeshm Air Mashhad, Tehran-Mehrabad
Taban Air Isfahan
Zagros Airlines Mashhad, Tehran-Mehrabad

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On 10 September 1958, Mariner P-303 was being ferried to the Netherlands from Biak, Indonesia. Due to technical problems, a forced landing was carried out at Abadan, Iran. About two weeks later, repairs had been accomplished, and the aircraft took off. Shortly after takeoff, an oil leak was observed on engine number one. While on finals for landing at Abadan, the aircraft suddenly lost height and crashed, killing all aboard. It appeared that the remaining propeller reversed thrust, causing the crew to lose control.
  • On 24 January 2010, Taban Air Flight 6437, a Tupolev Tu-154M, crashed whilst making an emergency landing at Mashhad International Airport due to a medical emergency; all 157 and 13 crew survived the accident with 42 receiving minor injuries.[8] The flight originated from Abadan the day before but had to overnight stop in Isfahan due to weather in Mashhad.[9][10]


  1. ^ "Traffic Figures". Retrieved 14 February 2018.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "List of all airports in Iran". The Airport Authority. Retrieved 2019-01-02.
  3. ^ "USAFHRA document 00190278".
  4. ^ "USAFHRA document 00096444".
  5. ^ "USAFHRA document 00181371".
  6. ^  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-05-31. Retrieved 2015-05-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Accident: Kolavia T154 at Mashhad on Jan 24th 2010, medical emergency, risky landing, aircraft burst into flames". avherald.com.
  9. ^ "Iran jet catches fire on landing". 27 September 2018 – via news.bbc.co.uk.
  10. ^ "Plane catches fire trying to land in Iran - CNN.com".

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