נמל התעופה חיפה
|Operator||Israel Airports Authority|
|Elevation AMSL||28 ft / 9 m|
Haifa Airport (Hebrew: נְמַל הַתְּעוּפָה חֵיפָה, Namal HaTe'ufa Haifa; Arabic: مطار حيفا) (IATA: HFA, ICAO: LLHA), also known as U Michaeli Airport is a small international airport located in Haifa, Israel. It is located to the east of the city, close to Kishon Port and Israel Shipyards and mainly serves civilian flights, with some military usage. Most passenger flights utilizing the airport are domestic operations to Eilat and Tel Aviv. The airport is named after Uri Michaeli, one of the pioneers of Jewish aviation and one of the founders of aviation in Israel. The airport has one short runway, 1,318 metres (4,324 ft) in length, and there are plans to extend it by 316 metres (1,037 ft).
Haifa Airport was established by the British Mandate in 1934 as its first international airport at the location of RAF Station Haifa which originally served the British Army and the Iraqi-British oil company, APS. RAF Haifa already had passenger service by Imperial Airways to Alexandria (since 1931) and Baghdad (since 1932). In 1936 passenger services by Misr Airwork to Beirut and Cyprus were opened. In 1937, these were joined by Palestine Airways services, as well as Ala Littoria regular services to Brindisi and Trieste via Athens. In 1938 a third of flights into Mandatory Palestine landed in Haifa; but in 1940, civil flights were stopped due to the Second World War in which the airport served the Royal Air Force's operations in the Middle East as RAF Haifa. The RAF station closed in 1948, and the airport re-opened as Haifa Airport.
Operational units at RAF Haifa 1938 to 1948:
- No. 6 Squadron RAF detachment (1938–1939) Hawker Hardy
- No. 30 Squadron RAF detachment (1940) Bristol Blenheim
- No. 80 Squadron RAF (1941) Hawker Hurricane I
- No. 112 Squadron RAF detachment (1941) Curtiss Tomahawk I
- No. 142 Squadron RAF detachment (1918) Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2
- No. 144 Squadron RAF detachment (1919) de Havilland DH.9
- No. 208 Squadron RAF detachment (1941) Hawker Audax
- No. 213 Squadron RAF (1941) Hawker Hurricane I
- No. 260 Squadron RAF (1941) Hawker Hurricane I
- No. 261 Squadron RAF (1942) Hawker Hurricane I
- No. 450 Squadron RAAF (1941) Hawker Hurricane I
- No. 651 Squadron RAF (1948) Auster AOP6
Haifa Airport post-1948
The airport reopened for passenger traffic in 1948 with flights operated by Cyprus Airways. This was followed ten years later by Arkia Israel Airlines flights. It wasn't until 1994, however, that the airport received international status, and at this time, it was planned that the airport would serve flights to destinations across Europe. Less than a year later, the airport was placed for sale. At this time, great interest in the site was shown by the French construction group, Bouygues, as well as British Aerospace.
These expected services never really took off however, and it wasn't until 1996, and the start of Israir flights, that the airport grew. This growth was further increased in 1998 with Aeroel service. Royal Wings increased route offerings once again with flights from Jordan, whilst Scorpio started flights to Egypt. In 1998, a new terminal was opened at the airport to cater for all of the services needed in a modern international airport. In the past there were three takeoff and landing runways in the airport, of which only two still exist, and only one is currently in use.
2007 saw the first rise in passenger numbers and aircraft movements since 2002 with an increase of 25% in passenger numbers and a 7% increase in aircraft movements over the previous year. In general, between the peak point of its operation in 1999 and 2007 passenger number have fallen by 50%. Aircraft movements have decreased from 2002 to 2007 by 34%.
The Israel Airports Authority intends to extend the runway to 1,634m sometime in the 2020s. This will involve extending the runway northwards, across Julius Simon Road, which will then pass in a tunnel underneath the runway.
Airlines and destinations
|Israir Airlines|| Eilat, Larnaca|
Seasonal: Rhodes 
Seasonal charter: Paphos
|Year||Total passengers||Total operations|
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