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Mehrabad Intl Airport

Coordinates: 35°41′21″N 051°18′49″E / 35.68917°N 51.31361°E / 35.68917; 51.31361

Mehrabad International Airport
فرودگاه مهرآباد
Airport type Joint (Public/Military)
Serves Tehran, Karaj
Location Tehran, Iran
Hub for Iran Air
Iran Asseman Airlines
Mahan Air
Caspian Airlines
Iran Air Tours Secondary
Kish Air Secondary
Aria Air
Saha Airlines
Taban Airlines
Elevation AMSL 3,962 ft / 1,208 m
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 (2009)
Aircraft Movements 102,014
Passengers 12,094,218
Cargo 105,601
Source: Iranian Airports Holding Company

Mehrabad International Airport (Persian: فرودگاه مهرآباد) (IATA: THR, ICAO: OIII) is an airport that serves Tehran, Iran. It was the primary airport of Tehran in both international and domestic passenger traffic but has been replaced by Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA) in most of its international flights. It is still by far the busiest airport in Iran in terms of passenger traffic and aircraft movements, handling 12,094,218 passengers in 2009. It is also the second busiest airport in the Middle East after Dubai International Airport. The airport is located inside the city boundaries and is thus much easier to access than IKA airport.

Training, maintenance and engineering facilities of Iran's National Carrier Iran Air, Iran Aseman Airlines, and Saha Airlines are located at this airport.

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. Mahan Air, Iran Air.

The change of international flights to IKA, finished in 2004, was gradual, starting with flights to countries bordering the Persian Gulf. All international flights have now been moved to IKA except flights to Saudi Arabia for Hajj and Umrah.


Mehrabad Airport 1958
Mehrabad Airport 1958

The airport was first time used as an airfield for aviation club planes in 1938, then after WW 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 serving to newly delivered F86 and T33 jet fighter crafts of Iranian Air Force. Then 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.

Terminals, airlines and destinations

Terminal 2 interior
Terminal 2 interior

Mehrabad International Airport consists of six terminals, with Terminals 1, 3 and 5 only used during Haj and Umrah seasons. Most other airlines operate out of Terminals 4 and 6, except of Iran Air and its subsidiary Iran Air Tours, which are based at Terminal 2. Cargo flights are also handled at Terminal 2

Airlines Destinations Terminal
Air Atlanta Icelandic Luxembourg 2 (cargo)
Aria Air Bandar Abbas, Isfahan, Kish Island, Lar, Mashad, Qeshm Island 4, 6
Cargolux Dubai, Luxembourg, Hong Kong 2 (cargo)
Caspian Airlines Ahvaz, Kish Island, Mashhad, Tabriz 4, 6
Eram Air Avhaz, Bandar Abbas, Kish Island, Mashad, Tabriz 4, 6
Fars Air Qeshm Bandar Abbas, Bandar Lengeh, Qeshm Island, Mahshahr 4, 6
Iran Air Jeddah [seasonal], Madinah [seasonal] 1, 5
Iran Air Ahvaz, Ardabil, Bandar Abbas, Birjand, Bushehr, Gheshm, Isfahan, Kermanshah, Kish Island, Lar, Mashad, Rasht, Shahre-Kord, Sary, Shiraz, Tabriz, Urmieh, Yazd, Zahedan 2
Iran Air Tours Abadan, Ahvaz, Bandar Abbas, Chabahar, Isfahan, Kermanshah, Khorramabad, Mashad, Rasht, Sary, Shahrekord, Shiraz, Tabriz, Urmieh, Yazd, Zahedan 2
Iran Aseman Airlines Abadan, Ahvaz, Ardabil, Asalouyeh, Bam, Birjand, Bojnord, Bushehr, Gorgan, Gheshm, Ilaam, Isfahan, Kermanshah, Kish Island, Khoy, Lamerd, Lar, Mashad, Rafsanjan, Ramsar, Rasht, Sabzevar, Sahand, Sanandaj, Shiraz, Tabas, Tabriz, Yasouj, Yazd 4, 6
Iranian Airlines Asallouyeh, Mashad, Kish Island, Shiraz 4, 6
Kish Air Abadan, Asalouyeh, Ahvaz, Bandar Abbas, Hamadan, Isfahan, Qeshm Island, Kish Island , Mahshahr, Mashad, Shiraz, Shahrekord, Tabriz 4, 6
Lufthansa Cargo Leipzig/Halle, Sharjah 2 (cargo)
Mahan Air Jeddah [seasonal] 1, 5
Mahan Air Ardabil, Asalouyeh, Birjand, Bandar Abbas, Dezful, Iranshahr, Isfahan, Kerman, Kish Island, Mahshahr, Mashad, Shiraz, Sirjan, Zabol 4, 6
Martinair Cargo Amsterdam 2 (cargo)
Naft Air Lines Ahvaz, Mahshahr 4, 6
Saudi Arabian Airlines Jeddah [seasonal], Madinah [seasonal] 1, 5
Saudi Arabian Airlines Cargo Jeddah 2 (cargo)
Zagros Air Ahwaz, Mashad, Kish Island, Shiraz, Siri Island 4, 6

Accidents and incidents

  • 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 a landing gear or tyre burst) 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. No American airliners had landed in Iran since the revolution. The plane left 8 hours later without incident.
  • 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. Its wheels were disconnected and part of its wing caught fire. No one was injured in the accident, which happened around 07:30 IRST amid heavy snowfall at the airport.

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General Info
Country Iran
Time UTC+3:30
Latitude 35.689167
35° 41' 21.00" N
Longitude 51.313416
051° 18' 48.30" E
Elevation 3962 feet
1208 meters
Type Joint (Civil and Military)
Magnetic Variation 004° E (01/06)
Beacon Yes
Near City Tehran
Operating Hours 24 HOUR OPERATIONS

TWR 118.1
GND 121.7
ATIS 128.0
APP 119.7

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
09/27 1556 x 131 feet
474 x 40 meters
11R/29L 13248 x 197 feet
4038 x 60 meters
11L/29R 13098 x 148 feet
3992 x 45 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
TACAN THR TEHRAN 080X - 1.7 NM 105.9
VOR-DME TRN TEHRAN 100X 115.3 1.5 NM 104.6

A-GEAR Barrier Rwy 11L, HAR 12' in raised posn, can be lo O/R with 10 min PN. Single eng acft land and tkof past barrier Rwy 29L.
CAUTION Animal and bird haz.
LGT PAPI Rwy 29R GS 3.22 , Rwy 11R GS 3.36 , Rwy 29L GS 3.3 , Rwy 11L GS 3.22 . Bdrylgt avbl.

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