Mehrabad International Airport

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°41′21″N 51°18′49″E / 
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]

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