Iran Flights GuideUntil the 1970s, Iran (also known as Persia) was one of the more friendly and liberal governments in the Middle East. But with the rise of religious fundamentalism headed by the Ayatollah Khomeini in the 1970s, Iran became a country with relatively closed borders, and frosty relations with much of the Western World. Visitors find a world steeped in old world charm, with incredibly friendly locals, if not rather abstracted local customs for the average Westerner.
Tehran is the capital of Iran and its most famous city. Being the capital, it has been modernized over the last 20 years, much to the chagrin of those hoping to preserve the architecture and old world feel of the city, which is hundreds if not a thousand years old. The second largest city, Mashhad, contains the shrine of Imam Reza, which is considered an important holy site in the Muslim world.
Mehrabad International Airport of Iran is the largest airport in the country. Though considered international, it carried zero international flight passengers last year. International travelers to and from Iran may be better served in Tehran by Imam Khomeini International Airport, or else Mashhad International Airport located in the city of Mashhad. Iran is considered a semi-arid (or desert) climate, though cold for this type of climate. There is some amount of variance in the climate, with weather in the Alborz mountains being significantly colder than the desert areas of the country in the southern central. In general, the summers are hot and dry, and the winters are cold and wet.