Norfolk International Airport
The Main Departures Building at ORF.
|Owner||City of Norfolk|
|Operator||Norfolk Airport Authority|
|Serves||Hampton Roads, Northeast North Carolina|
|Location||Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.|
|Elevation AMSL||27 ft / 8 m|
Norfolk International Airport (IATA: ORF, ICAO: KORF, FAA LID: ORF) is a public use airport located three nautical miles (6 km) northeast of the central business district of Norfolk, an independent city in the U.S. state of Virginia. It is owned by the city of Norfolk and operated by the Norfolk Airport Authority: a bureau under the municipal government. The airport serves the entire Hampton Roads metropolitan area of southeast Virginia (along with Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport in Newport News) as well as northeast North Carolina.
It is included in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 20192023, in which it is categorized as a small-hub primary commercial service facility. As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 1,606,695 enplanements in calendar year 2011, a decrease of 3.4% from 1,663,294 in 2010.
As of 2017[update], Norfolk International was ranked as the 70th-busiest airport in the United States and the fourth-busiest in Virginia in terms of passengers served annually following Richmond International, Dulles International Airport and Reagan National Airport. Southwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and American Airlines are the predominant users of the airport.
Norfolk International Airport covers an area of 1,300 acres (526 ha) at an elevation of 27 feet (8 m) above mean sea level. Airfield facilities consist of a main runway designated 523 which is 9,001 by 150 feet (2,744 x 46 m) and a crosswind runway designated 1432 which is 4,875 by 150 feet (1,486 x 46 m). These facilities allow operations to nearly all commercial aircraft types.
The crosswind runway's (1432) was closed for renovations on December 19, 2009, and reopened in Spring 2011. Eventually, however, the airport's long-term plan calls for this runway to be destroyed to make way for a new parallel runway (5R-23L) east of existing runway 523. But the FAA grounded the plan in summer 2016 due to diminishing demand, limited space, and environmental impacts.
In 2017, the airport had 67,679 aircraft operations, an average of 185 per day: 39% scheduled commercial, 27% air taxi, 27% general aviation, and 2% military. In November 2018, there were 95 aircraft based at this airport: 52 single-engine, 20 multi-engine, 20 jet, and 3 helicopter.
General aviation services, or fixed based operations, are provided by Landmark Aviation with full-service facilities for maintaining and housing private and corporate aircraft. The modern 54,000-square-foot (5,000 m2) terminal facility offers everything from aircraft rental to sightseeing flights and aircraft repair.
Daily scheduled aircraft include ERJ140/145 (United, American), CRJ200/700/900 (Delta, United, American), ERJ170 (United), ERJ175 (American, United), MD80/90 (Delta, Allegiant), A300 (FedEx), A319 (United, American), A320 (United, Allegiant, Frontier), B737 (Southwest, American, Delta), and B757 (UPS and Delta)
Built in 1995, the FAA Norfolk Air Traffic Control Tower stands 134 feet (41 m) high. Operated and managed by the Federal Aviation Administration, the Norfolk Tower handles approximately 1,100 aircraft per day, 24 hours per day and 365 days per year. Radar coverage is provided by ASR-9 terminal system with a six-level weather detection capability. Also available for use is an Enhanced Target Generator (ETG) lab with two radar scopes to accomplish training objectives, as well as the IDS4 system, a specialized microcomputer network system designed to distribute and display both static and real-time data regarding weather and other rapidly changing critical information to air traffic controllers.
Norfolk International Airport consists of two passenger concourses: Concourse A (gates A1-A16), and Concourse B (gates B16-B30). American Airlines and Southwest Airlines occupy Concourse A while Allegiant Air, Delta Airlines, Frontier Airlines, and United Airlines occupy Concourse B. International flights are handled at gate A1, however there are currently no international flights. Specific gate locations are the following: Allegiant B20, American A2, A4, A6-A8, Delta B21-B25, Frontier B16, B20, Southwest A3 and A5, United B20, B27-B30. Due to lack of use many gates are currently unused. Concourse A gates A9-A11 are no longer in use. Concourse B gates B22 and B26 are no longer in use, and Gate B17 is now a Starbucks.
Approximately 70 million pounds of air cargo are presently shipped in and out of Norfolk International Airport (NIA) each year. NIA houses one of the most modern and efficient air cargo facilities in the state of Virginia. Its two modern air cargo terminals provide users with 88,000 square feet (8,200 m2) of space. An adjacent aircraft ramp provides direct access from plane to warehouse.
|Allegiant Air||Fort Lauderdale, Orlando/Sanford, St. Petersburg/Clearwater|
Seasonal: Jacksonville (resumes May 16, 2019)
|American Airlines||Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth|||
|American Eagle|| Charlotte, ChicagoO'Hare, Miami, New YorkJFK, New YorkLaGuardia, Philadelphia, WashingtonNational|
Seasonal: Dallas/Fort Worth
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta|||
|Delta Connection||Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New YorkJFK, New YorkLaGuardia|||
|Frontier Airlines|| Denver, Las Vegas, Orlando|
Seasonal: PhoenixSky Harbor, Tampa
|Southwest Airlines|| Baltimore, ChicagoMidway, Orlando|
Seasonal: Denver, Nashville (resumes June 9, 2019), San Diego (begins June 9, 2019)
|United Airlines|| Denver|
Seasonal: ChicagoO'Hare, HoustonIntercontinental, Newark, WashingtonDulles
|United Express||ChicagoO'Hare, HoustonIntercontinental, Newark, WashingtonDulles|||
|Domestic Destinations map|
|FedEx Express||Manteo, Harrisburg, Indianapolis, Memphis, Newark|
|UPS Airlines||Louisville, Manteo, Richmond|
|Carrier||Passengers (arriving and departing)|
|4||ChicagoO'Hare, IL||146,560||American, United|
|5||Dallas/Fort Worth, TX||95,630||American|
|6||Washington D.C. Dulles||90,690||United|
|8||New York City-LaGuardia, NY||81,690||American, Delta|
There are no bus or shuttle services to and from Norfolk International Airport. The nearest bus (HRT Route 15) connection is 1.5 miles (2.4 km) away at the intersection of Military Highway (Route 165) and Norview Avenue (Route 247). All ground transportation services are located in the arrivals terminal. There are several on-site rental car companies, an authorized shuttle service providing door-to-door service to the entire Hampton Roads area, and taxis available through several companies. Additionally, both Uber and Lyft service the airport through an agreement with the airport authority.
A nine-level parking garage adjacent to the new arrivals terminal opened in July 2002. It provides 2,800 covered spaces for short term, long term and rental parking. Overall, NIA parking facilities can accommodate 7,000 vehicles.