Iran’s Airports Report a Steady Growth of 23%

A new report from Iran Airports Company (IAC) shows a major growth in air traffic for IAC’s 46 airports in Iran. The report concerning Shahrivar 1395 (22 August-21 September 2016), presents an overall of 40,687 flights, displaying an increase of 23% growth.

The top ranked airports include Tehran-Mehrabad, Mashhad, Tehran-Imam Khomeini, Shiraz, Ahvaz, Isfahan, Tabriz, Bandar Abbas, Abadan, and Yazd.

The first ranked Mehrabad Airport received a total of 12,061 flights, carrying 1,583,778 passengers and 11,250,654 kg cargo. The numbers reflect a 23% increase of flights, 26% increase of passengers and 24% increase in cargo.

Tehran-Mehrabad Airport is currently experiencing overcapacity. To deal with the situation, the airport is currently undergoing a major renovation of terminals and the second runway to make it operable. There have also been discussions to move 2 million of Tehran-Mehrabad’s expected 16,5 million passengers next year to international Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport due to the current state.

Mashhad International Airport received a total of 8,029 flights, carrying 1,205,859 passengers and 10,714,559 kg in cargo. A 31% rise of passengers and a 20% rise in cargo was noted.

In late-August 2016, Mashhad became one of the first airports in Iran to test the new e-visa service. A new part of the terminal was inaugurated, nearly doubling the number of gates. In November 2016, Mahan Air is launching a one-weekly route to Delhi.

The most well-connected airport in Iran, Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Airport ranked third. The international airport served 5,303 flights, carrying 877,099 passengers and 16,364,838 kg in cargo in the equal period. The numbers resulted in a 8% increase of flights, 6% increase of passengers and 10% increase in cargo.

Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport, the gateway to Iran, has major plans for the future. Aiming to become a global hub, the airport city will turn into a free-trade zone and the passenger capacity will six-fold from 5 to 30 million. Salam Terminal, the second terminal, is planned in May 2017 after a delay of one year. In 2-3 years, the third terminal Iranshahr is set to open, contributing with the largest boost so far. In late-September 2016, the Iranshahr project took a step closer to the implementation. Tehran’s international airport is currently experiencing overcapacity, given that the absolute highest capacity per year is 5 million. Tehran-Imam Khomeini served 7,3 million passengers in 2015, and the numbers are expected to rise in the post-sanctions era. All the new international flights to Tehran-Imam Khomeini and other Iranian cities are listed on Aviation Iran’s Route News.

All of IAC’s 46 airports handled 40,687 flights, 5,476,741 passengers and 54,145,582 kg of cargo. The number of flights and passengers rose by 23% each while the cargo load grew by 17% compared to the same period last year.

Note: Kish Island Airport would qualify to the top 5 airports if it was owned by IAC.


Photo: Naeim Ashjari