Update (2019, 2020)
IKA is located virtually 40kms south of Tehran close to the neighborhood of Robatkarim and Islamshahr. Imam Khomeini Airport is also a destination to other international airlines including Turkish, ATA, Qatar, and Iran Aseman airlines, to name a few. (See the list in the end to get informed about the complete list of airlines and direct flights provided by IKA).
Terminals in the IKA
It contains three passenger terminals (Terminal 1, Salam and Iranshahr, respectively) of which the third is still in its planning phase. It is estimated that after being constructed, the whole terminals would be able to transfer around 30 million passengers a year, while it transfers around 14 million of passengers and thousand tons of cargo, for the time being.
How to Get to IKA?
Metro line one (the red line) is the not only the cheapest way but also the fastest route to Tehran and out of this city; though you should stop off at Shahed station to take the next train to or from the city center. Remember that the metro line, Shahr-e Aftab↔ IKA, is due every 80 minutes, though Tajrish station↔ Shahr-e Aftab is expected every 3 minutes. Besides, there are official taxis (much more expensive than the public transportation) which take you to the airport and the reverse. Moreover, there are buses which travel to and fro Haram-e Motahar, metro station and Azadi Square as well as Mehrabad Airport. For those who travel in luxury CIP is also available.
Facilities in IKA
In the airport there is the possibility of buying Iran SIM card or exchanging some of your cash. Similar to other airports, Imam Khomeini Airport has duty free shops which are not recommended to those who go on an economic trip as they are highly expensive. You will find free water as well.
Ins and Outs of IKA security and Fly Process
Iran’s Imam Khomeini Airport might function a bit different from those of western countries. Firstly, security is needed for you and your handy stuffs including your bag or backpack. After that you will enter the hall where counters of airlines check-in wait for you. Entering this hall, you might have accompany of your friends and families and they do not ask for your boarding pass. Following your check-in and dropping your bags with your airline, you proceed to fly. This is the point where you need to show your boarding pass. The second hall provides you with duty free shops, cafes and restaurants as soon as you get in there. The last step moves you forward to the gate. There are different areas with different gates which have their specific security line through which you go once more and in the same way. Passing through the gate you arrive in the waiting area where there are toilets and few shops. Security lines are separated for men and women. To exchange your cash, you should get back the stairs after you receive your luggage as the money exchange counter is located on the departure floor.
Airlines to and fro IKA/ Direct Flights to IKA
Here is a list showing all the airlines destining to IKA as well as direct flight, however you need to confirm your flight with your agent in order not to miss exceptions.
Airlines Provided by IKA :
China Southern Airlines Air Arabia Airline Emirates Airline Flydubai Airline Iran Air Airline Kuwait Airline Mahan Airlines Oman Air Airline Pegasus Airline Qatar Airways Turkish Airlines Salam Air Airline
Direct Flights to IKA :