Is Air Travel Safe in Iran?

Safety of Domestic Flights in Iran

Farzad Hosseinpour Feb 26, 2019 4 min read

Just like elsewhere in the world, air travel is the safest mode of transportation in Iran. Domestic flights in Iran are quite popular as many Iranians prefer traveling by air over other options (i.e. by car, bus, or train). Statistics show that Iranian airports operate up to 40 thousand flights each month.

It is also a desirable option for tourists who have a limited time in Iran and a lot of places to see and many things to do. Polish traveler Magda is of the same opinion:

Traveling by air in Iran is a good option, especially when it comes to routing between distant cities when the journey by bus would take several hours.

Iran Air A330-200
Iran Air A330-200 jet

Iran’s aviation industry is facing difficulties for modernizing and maintaining its fleet. However, despite these issues statistically speaking air travel is still safe in Iran. This is largely due to efforts by airlines and their maintenance crews to keep aircraft operable and also safe to fly.

Cheap Flight Tickets

In addition to its safety, air travel in Iran is really cheap for tourists. At the time of writing, a flight from the capital, Tehran to Kish Island in the Persian Gulf costs only 60 dollars.

Iranian Airlines

Iran has 16 private and public airlines in operation. They include:

Iran Air      

Iran Air is Iran’s flag carrier and has the country’s largest fleet. The airline was founded in 1944 as the Iranian Airways Company. It currently flies to 23 domestic and 25 international destinations. Iran Air’s fleet include Airbus A300B2, A300B4-200, A300B4-600, A310-300, A320, A321SL, A330-200, ATR72-600, and Fokker 100.

Iran AirIran Air jet

Mahan Air     

Mahan Air has been operating since 1992 as Iran’s first private airline. It currently flies to more than 52 domestic and international destinations. Mahan Air’s fleet includes Airbus A300B2, A300B4-600, A310-300, A340-300, A340-600, Boeing 747-300, and also British Aerospace BAe 146.

Iran Aseman Airlines     Iran Aseman Airlines

Iran Aseman Airlines started operations in 1980. It is the third largest Iranian airline and flies to 47 domestic and international destinations. The fleet includes Airbus A320, A340-300, ATR72-200, and Boeing 737-400. The airline operated the last scheduled passenger service on a Boeing 727 on 13 January 2019.

Iran Aseman
Iran Aseman jet

Zagros Airlines     Zagros Airlines

Zagros Airlines started operations in 2005. It flies medium-hall aircraft on 23 domestic and regional routes. Its fleet includes Airbus A319, A320, A321, and also McDonnell Douglas MD-82, MD-83.

ATA Airlines     ATA Airlines

The airline, based in Tabriz International Airport, was established in 2010. ATA Airlines flies to 20 domestic and regional destinations. It has a fleet of Airbus A320, Boeing 737-300, 737-500, Embraer ERJ-145, McDonnell Douglas MD-83 aircraft.

ATA Airlines jet
ATA Airlines jet

Kish Air      Kish Air

Kish Air started operations in 1990. It operates international and domestic services on 29 routes. Kish Air’s fleet includes Airbus A320, A321, Boeing 737-500, Fokker 100, and also McDonnell Douglas MD-82, MD-83.

Qeshm Air     Qeshm Airlines

Qeshm Air began operations in 1993 as Faraz Qesh Airline. It currently flies to 55 domestic and international destinations. The airline’s fleet includes Airbus A300B4-600, A320, Avro RJ85, RJ100, Boeing 747-200F, and Fokker 100.

Qeshm Air
Qeshm Air

Meraj Air     Meraj Airline

Meraj Air, founded in 2010, operates domestic and international passenger services on 24 routes. The fleet includes Airbus A300B4-600, A320, A321, and A340-400.

Taban Air   Taban Air

Taban Air started operations in 2006. It flies to 24 domestic and international destinations. Taban Air has a fleet of Airbus A310-300, Avro RJ85, Boeing 737-400, and also McDonnell Douglas MD-88 aircraft.

Taban Air
Taban Air jet

Iran Air Tours     Iran Air Tours

The airline was founded in 1973. It flies to 20 mainly domestic destinations. Iran Air Tours has a fleet consisting of Airbus A300-600, A320-200, McDonnell Douglas MD-82, and MD-83.

Caspian Airlines     Caspian Airlines

Caspian Airlines, established in 1993, operates domestic and international services. It currently flies to 23 destinations. Moreover, the airline’s fleet includes Boeing 737-400, 747-100F, and McDonnell Douglas MD-82, MD-83.

Taftan Airlines     Taftan Airlines

The airline relaunched operations in 2016. It flies to 5 destinations and operates Fokker 50, and McDonnell Douglas MD-82, MD-83 aircraft.

Atrak Air     Atrak Air

Atrak Air commenced service in 2013 with flights to 11 domestic destinations. The airline operates Airbus A320-200 aircraft.

Karun Airline     Karun Airline

Karun Airline, formerly Iranian Naft Airlines, is a small airline which commenced service in 1992. It operates passenger planes on domestic routes. Moreover, the airline’s fleet includes Fokker 50 and 100.

Karun Airlines
Karun Airlines

Saha Airlines     Saha Airlines

Saha Airlines was established in 1990. It operates domestic passenger services using Boeing 737-300 aircraft.

Sepehran Airlines     Sepehran Airlines

Sepehran Airlines was founded in 2017. It flies domestic routes using Boeing 737-300, 737-500, and also Dorner 328.

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