Al Najaf International Airport

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Al Najaf International Airport
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Summary
Airport typePrivate[1]
OperatorNajaf Airport Authority
ServesNajaf, Iraq
Hub forIraqi Airways
Elevation AMSL103 ft / 31 m
Coordinates31°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
Websitewww.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]

AirlinesDestinations
Air Arabia Sharjah
ATA AirlinesMashhad, Tehran-Imam Khomeini
Caspian Airlines Isfahan, Mashhad, Tehran-Imam Khomeini
Fly Baghdad Damascus[5]
FlyDamas Damascus
flydubai Dubai-International
Gulf Air Bahrain
Iran Aseman Airlines Tehran-Imam Khomeini
Iraqi Airways Ahmedabad, Baghdad, Bahrain, Baku, Beirut, Copenhagen, Erbil, Isfahan, Istanbul-Atatürk, Karachi, Kuwait, Mashhad, Mumbai, Sulaimaniyah, Tehran-Imam Khomeini
Jazeera Airways Kuwait
Kuwait Airways Kuwait
Mahan Air Tehran-Imam Khomeini
Meraj Airlines Kermanshah, Mashhad, Tehran-Imam Khomeini
Middle East Airlines Beirut
Qatar Airways Doha
Qeshm Airlines Isfahan, Mashhad, Shiraz, Tehran-Imam Khomeini
Royal Jordanian Amman-Queen Alia
Taban Air Isfahan, Khorramabad, Tehran-Imam Khomeini
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk
Zagros Airlines Isfahan, Mashhad, Tehran-Imam Khomeini

References[edit]

  1. ^ آیا پروازهای ایران به نجف متوقف می‌شود؟, RADIO FREE EUROPE- Persian edition
  2. ^ Sauret, Michel (22 July 2008). "Najaf Airport provides travel, economic boost to southern provinces". Army News. United States Army. Archived from the original on 22 January 2009. Retrieved 22 January 2009.
  3. ^ "investnajaf.com". Archived from the original on 1 August 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Al Aqeelah Leasing Financing & Investment Co". Archived from the original on 2 June 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  5. ^ http://www.flybaghdad.net/en/