Norfolk International Airport
Norfolk International Airport resides three miles northeast of the center of Norfolk, Virginia. It is publicly owned by the city of Norfolk and the Norfolk Airport Authority runs it. The airport provides commercial, general aviation, air taxi, and military flight service to the Hampton Roads metropolitan area and the northeast area of North Carolina.
Norfolk International Airport spans over 1,300 acres of land. It houses a Main Terminal with Concourse A and Concourse B and an Arrivals Terminal. The Main Terminal has two levels, the first level includes ticket counters, and the second level features food, retail, and services. Each concourse has 15 gates. The Arrivals Terminal also has two levels. The first level features shuttles, taxis, car rentals, and services like baggage claim and military information center. The second level includes administrative offices and a lounge for armed forces.A pedestrian bridge is available for passengers to connect from the Main Terminal to the Arrivals Terminal.
Norfolk Airport Runways
Norfolk International Airport has two runways, 5/23 and 14/32. Runway 5/23 is the main runway and it is 9,001 feet long and 150 feet wide and made out of concrete and asphalt. Runway 14/32 is 4,875 feet long and 150 feet wide and made out of asphalt. The airport’s long-term plan is to demolish Runway 14/32 to build a new parallel runway next to Runway 5/23.
Parking at the Airport
Norfolk International Airport has a nine-level parking structure that borders the arrival terminal. It includes nearly 3,000 covered parking spaces and offers both short-term and long-term parking. Other parking lots are available, and the airport can accommodate a little more than 7,000 cars.
Norfolk International Airport is also home to one of the most contemporary and well-organized air cargo facilities in Virginia. The facility includes two terminals that offer 88,000 square feet of cargo space. An adjoining ramp enables aircraft to directly access the warehouse. Around 70 million pounds of air cargo come in and out of the airport every year. Approximately 80 airplanes depart from Norfolk International Airport on a daily basis, making the airport the third busiest in the state of Virginia. It is also the 66th biggest airport in the U.S. by amount of passengers every year. More than 3.5 million passengers were handled in the year 2009.
Norfolk International Airport opened in 1938 as Norfolk Municipal Airport. The first terminal was dedicated in 1940. From 1942 to 1947, during World War II, the airport was under the command of the United States Army Air Corps. It was turned back over to the city in 1947. In 1948, the Norfolk Port and Industrial Authority was established and it received complete responsibility for airport operations in 1950. A second terminal was dedicated in 1951. The airport’s name was changed to Norfolk Regional Airport in 1968. A new modern terminal building was dedicated in 1974 and shortly after the name was officially changed to Norfolk International Airport. New general aviation facilities opened in 1983 and a new air cargo terminal was completed in 1985. The first phase of the parking structure opened in 1986 and the second phase was finished in 1990. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, renovations and expansions took place, with a new arrivals terminal complex opening in 2002.