Brief review of transit flights through Iran's airspace

Baku, Azerbaijan, March 22‎

By Gazenfer Hamidov – Trend:‎

The latest data Iran’s Airports Company, affiliated with the country’s Ministry of Roads & Urban Development indicates that the transit flights through Iran’ air territory has increased by 13.2 percent during the first 11 months of the current fiscal year (March 20-Feb.20).

Number of international transit flights over Iran's air zone has increased in recent years, however the increase trend during the current fiscal year was lower compared to the preceding year.

In total 396,558 transit flights through the skies of Iran have been carried out during the first 11 months of the current fiscal year, compared to 350,169 flights in the same months of the preceding year.

Iranian calendar months

Flight numbers 2017-2018

Flight numbers 2016-2017

Change %

March 20-April 20

33,151

31,948

3.8

April 20-May 20

31,294

31,902

-1.9

May 20-June 20

33,848

30,647

10.4

June 20-July 20

38,856

32,303

20.3

July 20-August 20

39,449

33,054

19.3

August 20-September 20

40,257

33,239

21.1

September 20-October 20

37,946

31,608

20.1

October 20-November 20

39,384

31,058

26.8

November 20-December 20

37,178

31,480

18.1

December 20-January 20

33,754

31,898

5.8

January 20-February 20

31,441

31,032

1.3

Total

396,558

350,169

13.2

However the statistics indicate that the increasing trend has gradually slipped down in recent years following the sharp rise in 2014-2015.

Iranian year

Number

%

(2008-2009)

1387

165,479

-

(2009-2010)

1388

153,509

-7.2

(2010-2011)

1389

157,466

2.6

(2011-2012)

1390

160,135

1.7

(2012-2013)

1391

164,550

2.8

(2013-2014)

1392

178,685

8.6

(2014-2015)

1393

272,581

52.5

(2015-2016)

1394

345,682

26.8

(2016-2017)

1395

382,162

10.6

The number of international transit flights over Iran's air zone sharply increased from July 2014 following the Malaysian plane crash in Ukraine and security problems in Iraq.

The Islamic Republic made new air routes following that to meet the high demand of the passing flights.

A total 120 air routes with length of 75,000 kilometers are available in Iran's air zone.

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