International Airports in Iran, Useful Guide for Tourists

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Iran International Airports

One of the critical points about traveling to Iran by air is choosing the suitable airport to enter the country. Besides, the first and most important issue for selecting a destination airport in Iran is your itinerary. And the second point is the availability and abundance of international flights from diffident origins to that airport.

Hence, in this post, we will help you get acquainted with Iran’s international airports to pick the best one based on your Iran tour plan and origin.

Also, if you have any questions about international airports in Iran or if you want to book an international flight to Iran, or you want to use domestic flights in Iran, Contact us for updated flight fares and information, as well as flight reservation.

Iran International Airports on Map

On the map below, you can see the major international airports in Iran.

Please note that the most popular domestic airway for international tourists who visit Iran’s classic route is the airway between Tehran and Shiraz.

Airports in Iran

There are about 90 different airports in Iran. Of course, some of them are military airports and are not publicly available. Among the Iran airports, some are more welcoming and provide better services to the passengers. Also, some of these airports have special features in terms of architecture and design. Moreover, in most major cities, Iranian airports operate internationally with a variety of airlines.

Here is the list of major international airports, their active airlines, and destinations that they cover, based on the current schedule.

Notably, you can get an Iran airport visa, Iran visa on arrival, at these Iranian airports upon arrival.

Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran

Imam Khomeini International Airport in Iran is exclusively for international flights. This airport is located 30 km from Tehran, the capital of Iran, and functions as a highway connecting Iran with the world. At this airport, numerous Iranian and international airlines are transporting passengers and goods.

Besides, with an area of 14,000 hectares, Imam Khomeini Airport is the largest international airport in Iran. The facilities of this airport include the car rental station, exchange offices, bank, veterinary and plant quarantine, restaurants, souvenir shops, hotels such as 4-star Ibis and Novotel hotels, etc.

Please note that since this airport does not offer domestic flights, you need to go to Mehrabad Airport in Tehran to continue your trip to other cities in Iran. Notably, Mehrabad Airport is located 52 km from Imam Khomeini International Airport. And, the trip duration between these two airports is about 1 hour by taxi.

Currently, 200 flights take off and land in Imam Khomeini International Airport daily.

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Shahid Dastgheyb International Airport in Shiraz

Shiraz International Airport, also known as “Shahid Dastgheib Airport,” is the most equipped international airport in Iran after Imam Khomeini Airport in terms of navigation and electronic equipment.

This airport houses two terminals: Terminal 1, with an area of 16,000 square meters, that supports domestic flights; Terminal 2, with an area of 21,000 square meters, which is exclusive for international flights.

It covers numerous international flights to the countries such as Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait, Turkey, and Iraq. Also, it provides numerous domestic air routes to Tehran, Mashhad, Isfahan, Tabriz, Sari, Abadan, Bushehr, Bandar Abbas, Kermanshah, Larestan, Lamerd, Kish, Lavan, Qeshm, Siri, Mahshahr, Khark, Assaluyeh, and Rasht.

As a result, on average, 120 domestic and 10 international flights are performed daily in this airport.  

Furthermore, the facilities of Shiraz international airport include the amphitheater, greenery, souvenirs shops, dock hall, customs hall with an area of about 750 square meters, etc.

Finally, the passenger acceptance of this airport is about 10 million passengers per year.

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Shahid Hasheminejad International Airport in Mashhad

Mashhad International Airport is the busiest airport in Iran after Mehrabad Airport in Tehran. This airport has the highest number of incoming and outgoing flights among other airports in Iran.

Mashhad International Airport hosts domestic airlines including Atrak, Iran Air, Iran Airtour, Ata, Aseman, Taban, Zagros, Qeshm, Caspian, Kish, Meraj, Mahan, Naft; And international airlines including UAE, Turkish Air, Germania, Algeria, Shaheen, Safi, Iraqi Airways, Al-Arabiya, Fly Baghdad, Fly Dubai, Qatar, Comair, and Kuwait Airways.

In total, this airport hosts more than 25 domestic and international airlines.

Besides, Mashhad Shahid Hasheminejad International Airport is located on a 540-hectare land in the southeastern part of Mashhad. And with two parallel runways, it can accept all aircraft up to the Boeing 747 category.

Moreover, this airport houses the first multi-story airport car park in Iran with a capacity of more than a thousand cars. Also, it is connected to Mashhad city center through Metro Line 1.

Currently, there are numerous flights from Mashhad  International Airport to 18 domestic and 19 foreign destinations, as per below.

Iran destinations: Tehran, Tabriz, Qeshm, Shiraz, Ahvaz, Isfahan, Sari, Gorgan, Nowshahr, Hamedan, Yazd, Kish, Zabol, Zahedan, Rasht, Chabahar, Bushehr, and Kermanshah.

Foreign destinations: Bahrain, Istanbul, Sharjah, Dushanbe, Doha, Dammam, Dubai, Jeddah, Najaf, Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif, Medina, Lahore, Quetta, Kuwait, Kabul, Kandahar, Beirut, and Baghdad.

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Isfahan Shahid Beheshti International Airport

Isfahan International Airport is one of the most important international airports in Iran, located about 30 km from Isfahan. This airport was established in 1982 with an area of 1041 hectares to provide air services, training, and transferring passengers and goods.

Due to its particular geographical, political, economic, and cultural position, Shahid Beheshti Airport receives many domestic and foreign tourists, business travelers, and politicians.

At present, Isfahan International Airport serves about 1.5 million passengers daily. Besides, this airport hosts domestic airlines, including Kish Air, Iran Air, Aseman, Caspian, Mahan Air, etc., to different domestic destinations. Moreover, the foreign airlines which are active in this Iranian airport include Fly Dubai, Algeria, Iraqi Airways, Qatar Airways, etc.

Additionally, it has flights to several foreign destinations such as Tbilisi, Baghdad, Dubai, Kuwait, Jeddah, Medina, Istanbul, Izmir, Damascus, Najaf, Adana, Antalya, Doha, etc.

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Kish International Airport

Kish International Airport is located in the free trade zone of Kish Island in the Persian Gulf in the Hormozgan province. This is one of the most important international airports in Iran in terms of tourism, which transports many international and Iranian tourists annually.

Notably, Kish International Airport has been running since 1977 in an area of 9 million square meters. It was officially inaugurated with the landing of the first Concorde passenger plane.

The facilities of this airport include the ceremonial hall, parking with a capacity of 500 cars, car rental offices, restaurants, CIP hall with an area of 500 square meters, etc.

Besides, this airport has four separate terminals that support 20 domestic, and two foreign destinations.

These destinations include Dubai, Muscat, Tehran, Shiraz, Mashhad, Isfahan, Bandar Abbas, Kerman, Ahvaz, Tabriz, Yazd, Hamedan, Bushehr, Rasht, Kermanshah, Sari, Kashan, Gorgan, Jam, Assaluyeh, Urmia, and Sanandaj.

Finaly, the domestic and foreign airlines operating at Kish Airport, include Atrak, Caspian, Iran Air, Ata, Aseman, Iraqi, Kish Air, Karoon (Naft), Meraj, Mahan, Taban, Zagros, Qeshm, Fly Dubai, etc.

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Qeshm International Airport

Qeshm International Airport, also known as Deyrestan International Airport, is located in Deyrestan village on Qeshm Island. Notably, Qeshm is the largest island in the Persian Gulf, which houses many natural and historical attractions. So, this island is one of the popular tourist destinations in Iran that welcome many Iranian and international tourists annually. As a result, it is one of the busiest international airports in Iran.

The airlines operating at Qeshm International Airport are Iran Air, Iran Airtour, Aseman, Mahan, Caspian, Qeshm Air, Meraj, Taban, etc.

Besides this airport offers flights to domestic and foreign destinations, including Tehran, Shiraz, Mashhad, Isfahan, Kish, and Dubai.

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Shahid Madani International Airport in Tabriz

Tabriz is one of the most important cities in the country due to its economic and geographical conditions. Therefore, Tabriz International Airport, also known as Tabriz Shahid Madani International Airport, is one of the major airports in Iran; It receives an average of 44 domestic and 6 international flights daily.

Besides, Tabriz International Airport is the largest airport in northwestern Iran. Also, along with being close to the border, it is an important communication air route between Europe and Central Asia.

Various domestic and foreign airlines that operate flights to/from Tabriz are Iran Air (Homa), Iran Airtour, Ata, Aseman, Kish Air, Mahan, Qeshm Air, Caspian, Zagros, Meraj, and Turkish Airlines.

Also, Tabriz International Airport covers various domestic and international destinations such as Tehran, Shiraz, Mashhad, Isfahan, Ahvaz, Bandar Abbas, Kish, Qeshm, Assaluyeh, Istanbul, Najaf, Baghdad, Yerevan, Baku, Izmir, Edna, Caesarea, etc.

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Table of Information about International Airports in Iran

In the table below, you can find brief information about the Iran international airports that help you select the most suitable Iranian airport for entering or exiting Iran.

Finally, if you have any questions or experiences to share about international airports in Iran, kindly leave your comments below.

Airport Location IATA Airport Code Corresponding Iran Tour Plan International Destinations International Active Airlines
Imam Khomeini International Airport 50 km southwest of Tehran IKA All kinds of Iran tours Numerus European cities, Turkey, Iraq, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Qatar, Oman, Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, etc. Qatar, Turkish, Fly Dubai, Austrain, Pegasus, Emirates, Aeroflot, Iraqi, Lufthansa, Oman Air, Air Arabia, China Southern, SunExpress, Georgian, Tailwind, Syrian, SalamAir, Armenia, Kuwait, Freebird, Jazeera, Nordwind, IranAir, Mahan Air, Qeshm Airlines, Aseman
Shahid Dastgheyb International Airport Shiraz SYZ Iran classic tours Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait, Turkey, Iraq Qatar Airways, Turkish, Air Arabia, Fly Dubai, Air Arabia, Salam Air, Jazeera, Taban, IranAir, Qeshm Airlines
Shahid Hasheminejad International Airport Mashhad MHD Pilgrimage tours Bahrain, Istanbul, Sharjah, Dushanbe, Doha, Dammam, Dubai, Jeddah, Najaf, Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif, Medina, Lahore, Quetta, Kuwait, Kabul, Kandahar, Beirut,Baghdad UAE, Turkish Air, Germania, Algeria, Shaheen, Safi, Iraqi Airways, Al-Arabiya, Fly Baghdad, Fly Dubai, Qatar, Comair, Kuwait Airways, Meraj, IranAir, Qeshm Airlines
Shahid Beheshti International Airport 26 Northeast of Isfahan IFN Iran classic tours Tbilisi, Baghdad, Dubai, Kuwait, Jeddah, Medina, Istanbul, Izmir, Damascus, Najaf, Adana, Antalya, Doha Fly Dubia, Algeria, Iraqi Airways, Qatar Airways, Jazeera
Kish International Airport Kish Island KIH Iran island tours Dubai, Muscat Kish Air
Qeshm International Airport Deyrestan Village Qeshm Island GSM Iran island tours Dubai Qeshm Airlines, Mahan Air, Meraj,
Shahid Madani International Airport Tabriz TBZ Iran northwest and west tours Istanbul, Najaf, Baghdad, Yerevan, Baku, Izmir, Edna, Caesarea Turkish, Meraj, Armenia, ATA Airlines, Iran Airtour,

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  1. Hassam says:

    Great information.
    Thank you

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