Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport serves the city of Tehran, the 32nd capital city of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the largest city in the country. With an area of over 13,000 hectares, Imam Khomeini International Airport is the biggest air transport hub in the country but not its busiest – that title belongs to Tehran’s other airport, Mehrabad International Airport. With its yearly passenger traffic of more than 3 million, though, Imam Khomeini Airport is still one of the busiest of Iran and offers flights to more than 30 destinations globally.
The airport currently has only one passenger terminal, though plans for another Haj terminal are underway (as of July 2015).
Imam Khomeini International Airport is located about 30 kilometres from the city of Tehran. Travellers disembarking at the airport can take a taxi direct from outside the terminal to their destination within the city (the journey should not take much longer than 90 minutes, depending on traffic conditions), or rent a car from the agencies available within the airport. Driving to Tehran from Imam Khomeini Airport isn’t too difficult, even for first-time tourists, as the airport is connected to the city via the Tehran-Qom Freeway.
Otherwise, public buses are also available to help passengers on a shoestring budget make the commute to nearby metro stations, or to the city.
Construction for a metro station at the airport is currently underway. This would provide a direct link from Imam Khomeini to the rest of the city’s metro network, but an estimated date of completion on that is still not available as of July 2015.
What to see and do
Iran was once occupied by the ancient superpower Persia, and though the heyday of the mighty Persian Empire is long over remnants of its glorious past remain carefully preserved in Tehran’s many historic churches, mosques, temples, synagogues and museums. So apparent is the influence of the past that up till today, residents of Tehran identify themselves as Persian and speak the Persian language, Farsi.
No trip to Tehran is complete a visit to the symbols of the city, the Azadi and Milad towers. The Azadi Tower, also known as the Freedom or Liberty Tower, was built in 1971 in commemoration of the 2500th anniversary of the Persian Empire. Impressive and immense with 8,000 blocks of white marble and an iconic graceful arch, it serves as a central gathering point in the city and has also often been the site of choice for protests and demonstrations. The Milad Tower, on the other hand, was built more for function than form - it serves as one part of a complex of communication centres and is the sixth tallest telecommunications tower in the world (as of July 2015).
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