Al Najaf International Airport

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Al Najaf International Airport
Najaf Airport.png
Summary
Airport type Public
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.[1]

The Najaf Governorate represented by the Deputy Governor Abd al-Husayn Abtan and Najaf Investment Commission[2] signed a Memorandum of Agreement dated 24 June 2008 with Al-Aqeelah Holding[3] 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
ATA Airlines (Iran) Arak[4]
AtlasGlobal Istanbul-Atatürk[5]
Caspian Airlines Charter: Isfahan, Mashhad
FlyBaghdad Isfahan,[6] Istanbul-Sabiha Gokcen,[7] Kuwait,[8] Mashhad,[9] Sari,[10] Tehran-Imam Khomeini[11]
FlyDamas Damascus
flydubai Dubai-International
Gulf Air Bahrain
Iran Air Isfahan, Bushehr, Mashhad[12] Tabriz, Sari, Shiraz,[13] Yazd
Iran Aseman Airlines Kermanshah, Mashhad
Iraqi Airways Baghdad, Bahrain, Baku,[14] Beirut, Dubai-International, Düsseldorf, Isfahan, Istanbul-Atatürk, Mumbai, Sulaimaniyah
Jazeera Airways Kuwait
Kish Air Isfahan
Kuwait Airways Kuwait[15]
Mahan Air Isfahan, Mashhad, Tehran-Imam Khomeini
Meraj Airlines Kermanshah, Mashhad, Tehran-Imam Khomeini
Middle East Airlines Beirut
Oman Air Muscat
Qatar Airways Doha[16]
Qeshm Airlines Isfahan, Mashhad, Shiraz, Tehran-Imam Khomeini[17]
Royal Jordanian Amman-Queen Alia[18]
Syrian Air Damascus
Taban Air Isfahan, Khorramabad,[19] Tehran-Imam Khomeini
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk
Zagros Airlines Arak[20]Isfahan

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ "investnajaf.com". Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Al Aqeelah Leasing Financing & Investment Co.". Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  4. ^ http://www.omrani.ostan-mr.ir/2016/10/22/Direct flight from Arak airport to Najaf airport/
  5. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2015/08/20/kk-njf-w15/
  6. ^ http://www.flybaghdad.net/english/destinations/100
  7. ^ http://www.flybaghdad.net/english/destinations/102
  8. ^ http://www.flybaghdad.net/english/destinations/101
  9. ^ http://www.flybaghdad.net/english/destinations/104
  10. ^ http://www.flybaghdad.net/english/destinations/103
  11. ^ http://www.flybaghdad.net/english/destinations/99
  12. ^ http://www.iranair.com/Portal/Home/ShowPage.aspx?Object=NEWS&CategoryID=15908aa6-3bea-4767-a6f6-d6c956fe8747&WebPartID=4faa9599-bc24-42b2-8f38-3437543bd07e&ID=44e9617d-d777-453f-ab3b-7dbaf0dcf86e
  13. ^ http://www.iranair.com/Portal/Home/ShowPage.aspx?Object=NEWS&CategoryID=15908aa6-3bea-4767-a6f6-d6c956fe8747&WebPartID=4faa9599-bc24-42b2-8f38-3437543bd07e&ID=44e9617d-d777-453f-ab3b-7dbaf0dcf86e
  14. ^ Iraqi Airways Adds Najaf – Baku Route from late-Oct 2015. Airline Route. 29 October 2015. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Kuwait Airways resumes Iraq flights". Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  16. ^ http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=533568&version=1&template_id=36&parent_id=16
  17. ^ "قشم ایر". Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  18. ^ Royal Jordanian begin new service to Najaf
  19. ^ "نخستین پرواز خرم آباد – نجف برقرار شد.". سایت خبری خطوط هوایی ایران و جهان. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  20. ^ http://www.omrani.ostan-mr.ir/2016/10/22/Direct flight from Arak airport to Najaf airport/