Iran’s domestic air travel declines 73% amid coronavirus

Iran registered a total of 23,223 takeoffs and landings during the first two months of the current Iranian year (March 20-May 20), which indicates a 62% decline compared with the similar period of last year. More than 2.02 million passengers were also transported during the same period, indicating a 73% YOY decline.

10 June 2020
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Iran registered a total of 23,223 takeoffs and landings during the first two months of the current Iranian year (March 20-May 20), which indicates a 62% decline compared with the similar period of last year. More than 2.02 million passengers were also transported during the same period, indicating a 73% YOY decline.

Varesh Airline’s Boeing 737 aircraft seen at Tehran Mehrabad Airport. Photo: jetphotos.com

Iran Airports Company registered a total of 23,223 takeoffs and landings during the first two months of the current Iranian year (March 20-May 20), which indicates a 62% decline compared with the similar period of last year.

More than 2.02 million passengers were transported during the two months under review, indicating a 73% year-on-year decline, IAC's latest report published on its website shows.

The decline in domestic flights came as the country was hit seriously by the new coronavirus pandemic in late 2019. Iranian airlines cancelled nearly 90 percent of their flights planned for the peak travel season of Norouz which marks the beginning of the new Iranian calendar year (started March 20).

Over 19,509 tons of cargos were handled during the first two months of the current Iranian year, which shows a 75% fall compared with the corresponding period of last year, the IAC report says.

On the international front, 860 takeoffs and landings were registered, down by 92% YOY. A total of 44,492 passengers and more than 4,882 tons of cargo were transported to and from overseas destinations, down 97% and 85% respectively compared with the corresponding period of last year.

Similar to previous IAC reports, Tehran’s Mehrabad International Airport was the busiest Iranian airport during the period under review with 9,349 takeoffs and landings, registering a 54% decline

The airport handled 852,735 passengers, showing a 65% decline and around 5,977 tons of cargo, indicating a 68% decrease YOY.

Iran Airports Company is an arm of the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development, which manages 54 airports across the country.

 

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