EghtesadOnline: Iran Airports Company registered 34,065 takeoffs and landings during the fourth month of the current Iranian year (June 22-July 22), which shows a 5% decrease compared with the similar period of last year.
More than 4.19 million passengers and 42,359 tons of cargos were transported during the period, indicating a 6% and 4% decline in passenger transport and cargo respectively year-on-year, IAC's latest data published on its website show.
The latest IAC report shows domestic flights made 27,928 takeoffs and landings during the month, down 5% compared with the similar period of last year. More than 3.2 million passengers and 23,158 tons of cargo were transported domestically, indicating a 6% and 5% decrease in passenger and cargo transport respectively YOY.
On the international front, 6,137 takeoffs and landings were registered, down by 5% YOY. A total of 997,053 passengers and more than 19,200 tons of cargo were transported to and from overseas destinations, down 5% and 2% respectively compared with the corresponding period of last year, according to Financial Tribune.
Mehrabad Remains Iran's Busiest Airport
Tehran’s Mehrabad International Airport was the busiest Iranian airport during the period, with 10,305 takeoffs and landings, registering a 2% decline.
Close to 1.19 million passengers as well as 7,884 tons of cargo were handled at this airport, posting no change in passenger transport and a 2% rise in cargo transport YOY.
Tehran’s Mehrabad International Airport ranked ninth from among 50 leading airports of 26 countries in the Middle East and North Africa region in 2018.
A total of 129 and 292 takeoffs and landings respectively were registered at the Mehrabad airport in 2018 to make it the ninth busiest in MENA in terms of flight operations, Iran Airports Company reported, citing France’s Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile (ENAC).
Takeoffs and landings at Mashhad International Airport stood at 63,021 to rank 27th in the MENA region in 2018.
With 15,170,243 travelers passing through its terminals in 2018, Mehrabad ranked 11th in terms of passenger traffic in the region.
Mashhad Int'l Airport Ranks 2nd
After Mehrabad, Mashhad International Airport was the second busiest airport with 6,231 takeoffs and landings, indicating a 22% increase. It transported a total of 900,979 passengers and 7,790 tons of cargos, indicating a 20% and 30% rise respectively year-on-year.
According to ENAC, takeoffs and landings at Mashhad International Airport stood at 63,021 to rank 27th in the MENA region in 2018.
Mashhad International Airport was ranked 18th in passenger traffic with 9,081,402.
A total of 87,333 tons of cargo were handled at the Mashhad airport.
In terms of cargo operations, the airport ranked 21st among airports of the MENA region.
IKIA: 3rd Busiest Airport
Imam Khomeini International Airport registered 3,886 takeoffs and landings to register a 10% increase, while transporting 669,296 passengers and over 12,948 tons of cargos to be ranked third on the list of Iran’s busiest airports. The figures show an 18% and 19% rise respectively YOY.
IKIA ranked 29th in MENA with 50,352 takeoffs and landings in 2018.
and 16th in terms of cargo operations with 145,425 tons of goods and parcels.
The airport has the biggest share of international flights operated in Iran. It has been distinguished as the third fastest-growing major airport in the world.
A study by Routes Online shows the airport grew in terms of passenger numbers by 48.6% during the first half of 2018 to 3.93 million, helped by Ata Airlines, following the rise in frequencies to Istanbul Ataturk.
Operated by Iran Airports Company, IKIA is located 30 kilometers southwest of Iran's capital city Tehran.
IKIA's newly-inaugurated Salaam Terminal has the capacity to transport five million passengers per year. It was officially inaugurated last month in the presence of President Hassan Rouhani and Minister of Roads and Urban Development Mohammad Eslami.
The new terminal has increased IKIA's overall capacity by 80%.
Iran Airports Company is an arm of the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development, which manages 54 airports across the country.