Al Najaf International Airport

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Al Najaf International Airport
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Summary
Airport type Private[1]
Operator Najaf Airport Authority
Serves Najaf, Iraq
Hub for Iraqi Airways
Elevation AMSL 103 ft / 31 m
Coordinates 31°59′23″N 44°24′15″E / 31.98972°N 44.40417°E / 31.98972; 44.40417Coordinates: 31°59′23″N 44°24′15″E / 31.98972°N 44.40417°E / 31.98972; 44.40417
Website www.alnajafairport.net
Map
NJF is located in Iraq
NJF
NJF
Location of airport in Iraq
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
10/28 9,842 3,000 asphalt

Al Najaf International Airport (IATA: NJF; ICAO: ORNI) is the airport serving Najaf, Iraq, and is located on the eastern side of the city. Formerly a military airbase, the facility consists of one asphalt runway 3,000 metres (9,800 ft) long and 45 metres (148 ft) wide. The airport is expanding to provide four departure gates, two arrival gates, immigration and passenger services.

History[edit]

On 20 July 2008 the Najaf Authorities hosted the ceremonial opening attended by the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki who stepped out of the first official plane.[2]

The Najaf Governorate represented by the Deputy Governor Abd al-Husayn Abtan and Najaf Investment Commission[3] signed a Memorandum of Agreement dated 24 June 2008 with Al-Aqeelah Holding[4] authorizing it for one year to finalize the construction of the airport and five years subject to renewal to manage the airport. Currently Aqeeq Aviation Holding a subsidiary of Al-Aqeelah Holding is overseeing this.

The construction phase comprises the construction of the VIP lounge, Arrival and Departure Halls, Taxiway, Air cargo, purchasing all airport equipments including Ground Handling Equipments, technical supplies, Navigation Aids, Dining Facilities and lodging sites for employees.

Since 2009, more airlines have begun service to Najaf, including Gulf Air, Middle East Airlines, Qatar Airways, Syrian Air and Turkish Airlines.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Arabia Sharjah
Air Mediterranean Seasonal: Athens
AtlasGlobal Istanbul-Atatürk[5]
Caspian Airlines Charter: Isfahan, Mashhad (All suspended)[6]
Cham Wings Airlines Damascus
FlyBaghdad Isfahan,[7] Istanbul-Sabiha Gokcen,[8] Kuwait,[9] Mashhad,[10] Sari,[11] Tehran-Imam Khomeini[12]
FlyDamas Damascus
flydubai Dubai-International
Gulf Air Bahrain
Iran Air Isfahan, Mashhad, Tabriz, Sari, Shiraz, Yazd
Iran Aseman Airlines Kermanshah, Mashhad (All suspended)[6]
Iraqi Airways Baghdad, Bahrain, Baku,[13] Beirut, Dubai-International, Düsseldorf, Istanbul-Atatürk, Mashhad,Kuwait, Mumbai, Sulaimaniyah, Tehran-Imam Khomeini
Jazeera Airways Kuwait
Kish Air Isfahan (All suspended)[6]
Kuwait Airways Kuwait[14]
Mahan Air Isfahan, Mashhad, Shiraz, Tehran-Imam Khomeini
Meraj Airlines Kermanshah, Mashhad, Tehran-Imam Khomeini (All suspended)[6]
Middle East Airlines Beirut
Oman Air Muscat
Qatar Airways Doha[15]
Qeshm Airlines Isfahan, Mashhad, Shiraz, Tehran-Imam Khomeini (All suspended)[6]
Royal Jordanian Amman-Queen Alia[16]
Syrian Air Damascus
Taban Air Isfahan, Khorramabad, Tehran-Imam Khomeini (All suspended)[6]
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk
Zagros Airlines Arak, Isfahan (All suspended)[6]

References[edit]