The vast majority of international flights into the Islamic Republic of Iran arrive in Tehran. Tehran has two international airports, the old Mehrabad International Airport and new Imam Khomeini International Airport. As of late 2007, all international flights except those to/from Medina, Jeddah and Damascus fly into IKA. Iran Air is the national government-owned airline. Iran Air is the largest among a growing roster of domestic airlines and boasts an extensive network of flights, covering most provincial capitals. Other airlines include Iran Aseman, Mahan Air – which fly the most routes - while Caspian Airlines, Kish Air and Taban Air are smaller carriers.
The Iran Civil Aviation Organisation is the regulatory authority responsible for the Iranian aviation industry, while also providing air navigation services.
Airports in Iran
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The major beneficiaries of this week’s frenetic (public relations) activity just outside Paris live half a world away. They are Asia’s emerging travellers – the millions that have never stepped inside an aircraft, but for whom air travel is becoming attainable. That opportunity took a major step forward as Asian carriers – many of whom the world had never heard of a decade or even five years ago – stepped up in front of the world’s media to order narrowbodies for the mass markets they see blossoming at home.
Russia, Turkey and Sweden are among the fastest growing major destinations for European travellers this summer, latest analysis from CAPA shows. According to Innovata schedule data for Apr-2011 - the first month of the summer scheduling season - Russia and Turkey will enjoy near 20% increases in passenger capacity from other European countries next month.
From volcanic eruptions and earthquakes to blizzards and floods, the world has been unsettled by a wave of natural disasters in the past year. Coupled with "man-made" events, such as the political unrest in the Middle East and North Africa, at what point will private operators decide that airport investment under such circumstances is not worth the risk?
The political instability engulfing some North African states has extensive implications for tourism and aviation across the region. Already dozens of governments are warning their citizens to avoid travel to Egypt. Several have chartered aircraft to ferry their nationals out. Cairo Airport has been met with chaotic scenes in the past few days as thousands of foreigners seek to leave. In this special report, CAPA reviews the immediate aviation and tourism impacts from the North Africa/Middle East civil unrest.
Oman has announced it will adopt a new air traffic management system to complement the massive investment it is making in its airport sector. In late Nov-2010, the Oman Government confirmed it had awarded Spanish ATM and communications specialist Indra a USD105 million contract to develop and implement a new ATM system for the country, following an initial contract signed in Jul-2010.
European carriers are becoming increasingly concerned by the Middle East airline threat on their core international businesses. CEOs from British Airways, Air France and Lufthansa have all voiced their opinions lately, as Middle East airlines continue to expand their global networks. But the European flag carriers are not standing idly by. Several are rapidly expanding their presence in the Middle East, to maintain and/or grow their share of this promising market. Emirates is the clear market leader, with a 21.0% share of capacity on Middle East-Europe routes. Qatar Airways is the second largest, with 8.7%, while Lufthansa, British Airways and Air France have just 5.6%, 3.5% and 2.7% shares, respectively.