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Tehran Mehrabad International Airport
فرودگاه بین المللی مهرآباد
Aerial view of Mehrabad International Airport.jpg
Airport typePublic / Military
OwnerGovernment of Iran
OperatorIran Airports Company
Iranian Air Force
ServesTehran metropolitan area
LocationTehran, Iran
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL3,962 ft / 1,208 m
Coordinates35°41′21″N 51°18′49″E / 35.68917°N 51.31361°E / 35.68917; 51.31361Coordinates: 35°41′21″N 51°18′49″E / 35.68917°N 51.31361°E / 35.68917; 51.31361
THR is located in Iran
Location of airport in Iran
Direction Length Surface
ft m
09/27 1,556 474 Concrete
11L/29R 13,098 3,992 Asphalt
11R/29L 13,248 4,038 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Aircraft Movements142,037 Increase 7%
Passengers17,464,216 Increase 7%
Cargo120,467 tons Increase 8%

Tehran Mehrabad International Airport (Persian: فرودگاه بین المللی مهرآباد‎) (IATA: THR, ICAO: OIII), is a joint airport and was one of the two international airports serving Tehran, the largest city in Iran. Until 2007 and before construction of the new airport for the city, Mehrabad was Tehran's primary airport in both international and domestic traffic, but after 2007 International flights transferred to Imam Khomeini International Airport. All International flights in Tehran are currently served by Imam Khomeini International Airport and all domestic flights are served by this airport. Although only domestic flights are served by this airport, in 2016 Mehrabad Airport handled 16,678,351 passengers and was the busiest airport in Iran in terms of passengers. The airport is also used by the Government of Iran and is one of the bases of the Iranian Air Force.


Mehrabad Airport in 1958

The airport was used for the first time as an airfield for aviation club planes in 1938, then after World War II along with becoming internationally recognized by joining Iran civil aviation organization to the ICAO in 1949, the airport also became an air force base.

Newly delivered Republic F-84G Thunderjets (fighter) and Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star (trainer) arrived, May 1957 and April 1956, respectively. Iranian Air Force. In 1955 just after construction of first asphalt paved runway a new terminal building (Current Terminal 1) for both international and domestic flights was designed and constructed. Among the designers of the initial modern buildings of the airport was the famous architect William Pereira.[3][4]

The new Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA) was scheduled to open in 2004 with international flights gradually changing from Mehrabad starting with flights to countries bordering the Persian Gulf. After IKA's initial opening in May 2004, due to complications, it was not until the end of 2007 that the plan to move the majority of international flights to the new airport was completed.[5] All international flights have now been moved to IKA.[6]


Inside of Mehrabad Airport Terminal
Mehrabad International Airport at night
Mehrabad Airport Metro Station

Mehrabad International Airport consists of six terminals:

An aircraft engineering and maintenance company Fajr Ashian, has a maintenance hangar adjacent to main airport premises. The hangar is linked to Mehrabad Airport through a taxiway crossing "Tehran-Karaj" Highway. Fajr Ashian takes care of Aircraft of many companies e.g. Iran Air, Mahan Air, Meraj Airlines.

It is served by two stations of the Tehran Metro:

Airlines and destinations[edit]


ATA Airlines Ahwaz, Ardabil, Bandar Abbas, Birjand, Bushehr, Gorgan, Isfahan, Jiroft, Kermanshah, Kish Island, Mashhad, Sabzevar, Shiraz, Tabriz, Urmia, Zabol, Zahedan
Atrak Air Charter: Bandar Abbas, Bojnord, Kish Island, Mashhad, Shiraz
Caspian Airlines Ahwaz, Asalouyeh, Chabahar/Konarak, Dezful, Isfahan, Mashhad, Sanandaj, Shiraz
Iran Air Abadan, Ahwaz, Ardabil, Bandar Abbas, Birjand, Bushehr, Chabahar/Konarak, Dezful, Gorgan, Hamedan, Ilam, Isfahan, Jahrom, Kalaleh, Kerman, Kermanshah, Khoy, Kish Island, Lar, Mashhad, Noshahr, Parsabad, Qeshm Island, Ramsar, Rasht, Sanandaj, Sari, Shahroud, Shiraz, Tabriz, Urmia, Yazd, Zahedan
Iran Aseman Airlines Abadan, Ahwaz, Ardabil, Asalouyeh, Bam, Bandar Abbas, Bojnord, Bushehr, Gorgan, Qeshm Island, Ilam, Isfahan, Kermanshah, Kish Island, Lamerd, Lar, Lavan Island, Mashhad, Ramsar, Rasht, Sabzevar, Sanandaj, Shiraz, Tabriz, Urmia, Yasouj, Yazd
Iran Air Tours Abadan, Ahwaz, Ardabil,[7] Asalouyeh, Bandar Abbas, Chabahar/Konarak, Isfahan, Kermanshah, Mashhad, Shiraz, Tabriz, Yazd, Zahedan
Karun Airlines Abadan, Aghajari, Ahwaz, Dezful, Isfahan, Kharg Island, Mahshahr, Rasht, Shiraz, Yazd
Kish Air Abadan, Ahwaz, Asalouyeh, Bandar Abbas, Isfahan, Kish Island, Mashhad, Qeshm, Shiraz, Shahrekord, Tabriz, Yazd
Mahan Air Asalouyeh, Bam, Bandar Abbas, Birjand, Bojnord, Dezful, Gachsaran, Ilam, Isfahan, Jiroft, Kerman, Kermanshah, Kharg Island, Khorramabad, Kish Island, Mashhad, Qeshm, Rafsanjan, Sabzevar, Sari, Shahrekord, Shahroud, Shiraz, Sirjan, Tabas, Zabol, Zahedan
Meraj Airlines Bandar Abbas, Dezful, Kermanshah, Kish Island, Mashhad, Qeshm Island, Shiraz, Tabriz
Qeshm Airlines Abadan, Ahwaz, Bandar Abbas, Bushehr, Gorgan, Isfahan, Kish Island, Mahshahr, Mashhad, Qeshm Island, Rasht, Sanandaj, Shiraz, Urmia, Zahedan
Saha Airlines Mashhad, Shiraz
Sepehran Airlines Asalouyeh, Mashhad, Shiraz
Taban Air Ahwaz, Isfahan, Kish Island, Mashhad, Sahand/Maragheh, Shiraz
Zagros Airlines Abadan, Ahwaz, Isfahan, Mahshahr, Mashhad, Kish Island, Shiraz, Zahedan


Fars Air Qeshm Bishkek, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen
Iran Air Cargo
operated by Iran Air
Abadan, Ahwaz, Ardabil, Bandar Abbas, Birjand, Bushehr, Qeshm Island, Isfahan, Kermanshah, Khorramabad, Kish Island, Lar, Mashhad, Rasht, Sari, Shiraz, Tabriz, Tehran-Imam Khomeini, Urmia, Yazd, Zahedan
Iran Aseman Airlines Cargo
operated by Iran Aseman Airlines
Abadan, Ahwaz, Ardabil, Asalouyeh, Bam, Birjand, Bojnord, Bushehr, Gachsaran, Gorgan, Qeshm Island, Ilam, Isfahan, Kermanshah, Kish Island, Khoy, Lamerd, Lar, Mashhad, Rafsanjan, Ramsar, Rasht, Sabzevar, Sahand, Sanandaj, Shiraz, Tabas, Tabriz, Yasouj, Yazd
Mahan Air Cargo
operated by Mahan Air
Ardabil, Asalouyeh, Bandar Abbas, Birjand, Dezful, Iranshahr, Isfahan, Kerman, Khorramabad, Kish Island, Mahshahr, Mashhad, Shiraz, Sirjan, Zabol
Syrian AirDamascus


Annual traffic[edit]

Annual Passenger Traffic[8]
Year Passengers % Change
2010 12,094,218 Steady
2011 13,192,764 Increase 9%
2012 13,823,924 Increase 5%
2013 12,667,644 Decrease 8%
2014 13,791,033 Increase 9%
2015 13,515,693 Decrease 2%
2016 16,327,359 Increase 21%
2017 17,464,216 Increase 7%

Other facilities[edit]

The airport is home to the head offices of Iran Air and the Iran Civil Aviation Organization.[9][10][11] In addition the Iranian Airports Holding Company also has its head office at Mehrabad Airport, nearby Terminal 2.[12]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 15 March 1974, a Sterling Airways Sud Aviation Caravelle suffered a landing gear failure. As the aircraft was taxiing, the right main landing gear failed, causing the right wing to collapse and catch fire. 15 passengers were killed in the accident.
  • On 8 February 1993 a mid-air collision occurred between Iran Air Tours Tupolev Tu-154M and IRIAF Sukhoi Su-24 killing all 133 people on board both aircraft involved.
  • On 5 December 1974, a roof collapsed, killing 17 and injuring dozens more.[13]
  • On 20 April 2005, a Boeing 707-3J9C had an accident while landing in Mehrabad airport. After touchdown on runway 29L problems with the undercarriage (failure of landing gear or a burst tire) caused the Boeing 707 to slide off the runway into the Kan River. Three passengers were killed after they fell in the river during the evacuation.
  • On 19 June 2005, a Northwest Airlines DC-10 en route from Mumbai to Amsterdam made an emergency landing at Mehrabad Airport due to an indication of a fire in the cargo hold, which turned out to be a false alarm. The plane left 8 hours later without incident.[14][15]
  • On 6 December 2005, an Iranian Air Force C-130 Hercules crashed in Tehran shortly after taking off from the airport.
  • On 2 January 2008, an Iran Air Fokker 100 (EP-IDB) plane carrying 100 passengers skidded off the runway after part of its wing caught fire when attempting to takeoff on a domestic flight to Shiraz Airport. The landing gear disintegrated and the ensuing fire partially consumed the wings. No one was injured in the accident, which happened around 07:30 IRST amid heavy snowfall at the airport.[16]
  • On 10 August 2014, Sepahan Airlines Flight 5915, an HESA IrAn-140, crashed shortly after take off from Mehrabad International Airport. The aircraft experienced engine malfunction and attempted a return to the airport 4 minutes after takeoff, but was unable to maintain altitude and crashed into a residential area. 39 people were killed and 9 were injured.[17]
  • On 15 October 2015, a Mahan Air Boeing 747 en route to Bandar Abbas in southern Iran lost pieces of an engine after take-off, returning for a successful emergency landing. None of the 300 people on board were injured.[18]

In popular culture[edit]

  • The 2011 video game Battlefield 3 features a mission titled "Going Hunting" which requires the player to carry out aerial attacks on the airport.[19]
  • The 2012 movie "Argo", directed by Ben Affleck also features this airport.[20][21]

See also[edit]


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

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