Kish International Airport
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|Kish International Airport|
فرودگاه بین المللی جزیره کیش
|Owner||Kish Free Zone Organization|
|Operator||Iran Airports Company|
|Location||Kish Island, Iran|
|Elevation AMSL||101 ft / 31 m|
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.
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.
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. 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.
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).
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. 2.7 million passengers travelled through the airport that year.
Airlines and destinations
Iran Kish Air Show
The Kish International Aiprort is the main host of the Iran Kish Air Show, the aviation airshow held biennially.
- Iran Civil Aviation Organization
- Transport in Iran
- List of airports in Iran
- List of the busiest airports in Iran
- List of airlines of Iran
- Kish Island
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