Tehran has two major airports, Mehrabad airport - the old busier one - and Imam Khomeini airport - the bigger modern one. Almost all of the international flights are served by Imam Khomeini airport but Mehrabad ranks first in terms of total passenger traffic in Iran. 

Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport, located 30 kilometers southwest of the capital, is Tehran’s primary arrival and departure point for all foreign flights except for the Hajj pilgrimage and is the hub for Iran Air and Mahan air, two major airlines. 

Mehrabad International Airport was serving both domestic and international flights before 2007 when the foreign flights were transferred to the larger newer airport. Although it is only handling the domestic load, Mehrabad is busiest in the country and among the busiest in the region in terms of passengers.

Tehran International

Tehran is considered to be the largest and the most important population center in the Middle East. It is the political and commercial capital of the Islamic Republic of Iran. During daytime, Tehran’s population balloons to 11 million. In today’s Tehran urbanization has taken on gargantuan proportions. Scores of satellite cities, settlements, districts, and neighborhoods have sprung up around it, further exacerbating traffic problems, air pollution and other issues that challenge mega cities. Although the special circumstances after the victory of the Islamic Revolution (1979) and the imposition of a long eight-year war on Iran by Iraq, conspired to put many urban management and planning schemes on the backburner, today the city of Tehran is experiencing a new age of prosperity and post war reconstruction boom. The city’s urban planners are implementing huge schemes to respond to such needs and issues as poverty alleviation, safe communities, urban environmental conservation, sustainable development, improvement of public transportation, fighting discrimination and social injustice, housing and primary health services. Through these and other projects, we are working to eventually turn Tehran into a complete and inclusive city. The responsibility to establish and promote the public and international relations of the Municipality of Tehran rests with the public and international relations directorate-general. This department is supervised by and reports to the mayor of Tehran. To better execute its duties the directorate-general has divided its activities into the following three branches:
1. public relations
2. international relations
3. cultural and administrative matters
Each branch is headed by a deputy. Different heads of department, experts, and officers serve in each branch. In its role as a bureau attached to the office of Tehran’s Mayor, the directorate-general is also tasked with supervising the activities of other public and international relations offices situated in different departments, directorates-general, organizations and companies affiliated to the Municipality of Tehran.
To improve our performance and the variety of services we and our colleagues provide in different PR offices, the Municipality of Tehran’s strategic document on public and international relations was produced and implemented. The more important tasks and responsibilities of the general-directorate have been divided into
Public relations and international relations and included below:
1. Planning, coordinating and implementing programs to promote cooperation with the media.
2. Monitoring the stories carried by the press.
3. Providing required information to the media.
4. Planning, coordinating and implementing publicity programs for internal consumption and the publication of “Hamghaman” in-house weekly journal.
5. Researching the various dimensions of PR.
6. Conducting opinion polls.
7. The establishment of the Municipality of Tehran’s news and information unit.
8. Planning and organizing functions, publicity drives, and conferences.
9. Recording various events inside the organization and updating specialized and thematic archives.
In recent years, international relations and ties between various cities – especially mega cities – have increased dramatically. These ties are being facilitated at different government and people to people levels by various international organizations such as United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and the World Association of Major Metropolises (Metropolis) and the Organization of Islamic Capitals and Cities (OICC).
Relations and ties between major cities have gone beyond the original trade relations of the 60’s and the 70’s and evolved into complex and multipurpose interactions.
These interactions include and facilitate the following: Exchange of knowledge, information and experiences. Establishment and expansion of tech and management capabilities in major cities. Capability of cities to absorb investment and attract tourists. implementation of joint and multi-lateral projects to secure the interests of parties and partners. Engaging in globalization which has deep local impact but requires an international effort. Partnering in efforts to promote understanding, solidarity and world peace. Tehran has signed protocols as Friend & Sister with some cities all around the world while there are other cooperation contracts with other cities in transportation, investment, and city management fields. Here is the list of those cities.
Tehran has signed protocols as Friend & Sister with some cities all around the world while there are other cooperation contracts with other cities in transportation, investment, and city management fields. Here is the list of those cities.
Logo Name Link Address
Mayors for Peace
Mayors for Peace
World's safe Cities Network
International Association of Fire and Rescue Services (CTIF)