The original name of this area which actually is the original name of Mehrabad village was "Hossein Abad" until it became part of the Esmat al-Dawlah's Dowry which was subsequently named "Mehrabad". But later on because of the overwhelming expenses of her family, Mehrabad was taken out of the family's possession, and her lawsuit with Reza Khan was futile. She subsequently was so offended by the relatives' reluctance that she withdrew from Mehrabad. Shortly afterwards, in one of the days of the year 1918, and at the end of World War I, the people of Tehran for the first saw a plane flying over the sky. The aircraft was shipped from Russia by car to Russia via the Anzali Port and, after boarding the aircraft, was flown over by a Russian pilot over Tehran at a low altitude. There was no special place as an airport in Tehran, and the pilot landed at Tehran's Foreign Ministry Building Area (Mashq Square).
Years later, following the rapid development of the aviation industry, Iran's patent law was granted to the German Junkers in February 1926, and 22 years later, after the establishment of the Pilots Club with 20 aircraft in 1937, virtually Mehrabad Airport was founded. In 1944, the first group of Air Force pilots were sent to the United States, after which the Air Force started operating in 1946 by T.86 and F.33 aircrafts in Mehrabad and began flight operations. The growth of Iran's aviation technology and ICAO membership has led to the increasing growth of the passenger and cargo aviation industry at Iran's Central Airport (Mehrabad)
Mehrabad Airport currently has four terminals accommodating about 18 million passengers annually in collaboration with 15 domestic airlines. Mehrabad has 5 passenger car parks with a capacity of 7,000 stands and about 10 companies are providing passenger services in cooperation with some of the brands of clothing and apparel and domestic and foreign services in the Mehrabad terminals.
Mehrabad has a flight guard tower equipped with Raytheon and Aria radars and with two bands and a taxi its main flight activity. It also has safety cat 9 with the latest machinery and equipment in the safety and fire department.
East and West aprons of Mehrabad currently have the capacity to accommodate about 50 medium-haul aircraft and three handling companies are responsible for transporting cargo and passengers from terminal to flight levels and vice versa.
Due to the growing trend of air travel demand, in the future prospects until the preparation of Imam Khomeini Airport for accepting some long domestic flights, there is a need for little development and after transferring some domestic flights to the mentioned airport, more opportunity will be available in Mehrabad to operate qualitative developments.
Therefore, redesigning Tehran's Approach space to improve flight safety and reducing environmental pollution, deploying new radar systems, further developing adjacent lands to create an apron, and standardizing flight surfaces by constructing Rapid taxiways, building a second technical building, building a new technical building in the current locations of Terminals 3, 4 and 6, construction of class parking, hotel and passenger service center and establishment of authentic catering and service brands are among the plans to reach the 2022-mega-development perspective of Mehrabad Airport.