Kish International Airport

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Kish International Airport

فرودگاه بین المللی جزیره کیش
Overview of KIH.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerKish Free Zone Organization
OperatorIran Airports Company
ServesKish, Hormozgan
LocationKish Island, Iran
Hub for
Elevation AMSL101 ft / 31 m
Coordinates26°31′34.16″N 053°58′48.76″E / 26.5261556°N 53.9802111°E / 26.5261556; 53.9802111Coordinates: 26°31′34.16″N 053°58′48.76″E / 26.5261556°N 53.9802111°E / 26.5261556; 53.9802111
KIH is located in Iran
Location of airport in Iran
Direction Length Surface
ft m
09L/27R 12,005 3,659 Asphalt
09R/27L 12,005 3,659 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Aircraft Movements23,776 Decrease 1%
Passengers2,926,752 Increase 4%
Cargo32,344 tons Increase 4%

Kish International Airport (IATA: KIH, ICAO: OIBK) (Persian: فرودگاه بین المللی کیش‎) is an international airport on Kish Island, Iran.


The Kish International Airport serves as the entry point for the hundreds of thousands of tourists who come to Kish Island. The airport grants 14-day visa-free entry foreign citizens who enter from a foreign country under a different scheme from that of mainland Iran.[citation needed]

Prior to the Iranian Revolution, Iran had an outstanding order for two Concorde aircraft. These aircraft were supposed to be used on Kish-Paris and Kish-London routes to serve the luxury tourism market that Kish was supposed to serve. The airport had been designed to handle Concorde's landings and take-offs.[2]


In the 1980s, the Kish Free Zone Organisation (KFZO) was created. It offered visa-free travels to the islands for foreigners, and 15-year tax exemptions to foreign investors. The plan was to compete with Dubai's attractiveness for international business.[citation needed] The plan failed as the airport was mainly served by Iranian airlines. It became mainly used by Iranians coming to enjoy the looser rules of the island.[2]

In 1998, the 11-month construction of Terminal 5 started, covering a 5,500 square meters area, with a budget of RIs 2,245 million financed by the Organization of Kish Free Trade Zone (FTZ).[3]

In 2015, under the leadership of the Organization of Kish Free Trade Zone (FTZ), a new terminal is planned for construction. The new terminal would turn Kish International Airport into the 2nd largest airport of the country with a 4.5 million passengers capacity per year.[4] 2.7 million passengers travelled through the airport that year.[2]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

ATA Airlines Isfahan, Tehran-Mehrabad
Caspian AirlinesIsfahan, Tehran-Mehrabad
Iran AirBandar Abbas, Isfahan, Shiraz, Tehran-Mehrabad
Iran Air ToursIsfahan, Mashhad, Tehran-Mehrabad
Iran Aseman AirlinesShiraz, Tehran-Mehrabad
Iranian Naft AirlinesAhvaz, Bandar Abbas
Iraqi Airways Seasonal charter: Baghdad
Kish Air Abadan, Ahwaz, Assaluyeh, Bandar Abbas, Birajnd,[5] Dubai-International, Gorgan, Hamadan, Isfahan, Kashan, Kerman, Kermanshah, Mashhad, Muscat,[6] Rasht, Sari, Shiraz, Tabriz, Tehran-Mehrabad, Yazd, Zahedan, Zanjan
Mahan AirKerman, Mashhad, Tehran-Mehrabad
Meraj Airlines Isfahan, Mashhad, Tehran-Mehrabad
Qeshm AirlinesIsfahan, Shiraz, Tehran-Mehrabad
Sepehran Airlines Shiraz, Tehran-Mehrabad
Taban AirIsfahan, Mashhad, Tehran-Mehrabad
Zagros AirlinesIsfahan, Shiraz, Tehran-Mehrabad

Iran Kish Air Show[edit]

The Kish International Aiprort is the main host of the Iran Kish Air Show, the aviation airshow held biennially.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Traffic Figures". Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Kish finds its niche". 19 October 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Construction of 5th Terminal of Kish Airport Starts". 9 November 1998. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Iran To Turn Kish Island In Persian Gulf Into Key Aviation Hub". 14 September 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  5. ^راه-اندازی-مسیر-پروازی-کیش-بیرجند-کیش-توسط-شرکت-هواپیمایی-کیش/1653/view
  6. ^

External links[edit]

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