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Norfolk International Airport

2200 Norview Ave, Norfolk, Virginia, 23518, USA
+1 757 857 3351
+1 757 857 3823 (Lost + Found) (Lost+Found)
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Norfolk International Airport (IATA: ORF, ICAO: KORF, FAA LID: ORF) is 11 kilometers northeast of downtown Norfolk, Virginia.

Owned and operated by the Norfolk Airport Authority, the airport serves the Hampton Roads metropolitan area of southeast Virginia, and northeast North Carolina. Despite its name, the airport does not have any international destinations.

As of 2017, 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, behind Dulles International Airport, Reagan National Airport, and Richmond International.

Norfolk International Airport has two passenger concourses: Concourse A and Concourse B.

It is composed of two main buildings: The Arrival building and the Departure building. There is a bridge connector between two structures for passengers to move to either location.

In 2018, the Federal Aviation Administration records show that the airport had more than 3.6 million passengers.

The airport covers more than 526 hectares and sits 8 meters above sea level at 36°53′41″N and 076°12′04″W.

Arrivals, Departures and Airlines at Norfolk International Airport

History of Norfolk International Airport

Norfolk International Airport was built in 1938 and the first terminal was built two years later.

During World War II, Norfolk Municipal Airport became important to the war effort. The United States Army Air Corps took control of the airport between 1942–1947. They made the runway longer and built two other runways. This was done to deal with a much larger number of flights and larger aircraft.

The Norfolk Fighter Wing was created in August 1942. It provided air defense for the Norfolk area. The 52d Fighter Group was put at the airport after the Pearl Harbor attack in December 1941. This ended at the end of July 1944.

The Army Air Corps gave control of the airport back to the city at the end of 1945.

A few years later, the amount of commercial travel grew quickly with two new airlines having regular flights. In 1948, Piedmont Airlines began flights. That same year, construction began for a larger, more modern terminal building.

In 1950, control of the airport was turned over to the newly created Norfolk Port and Industrial Authority (NPIA). At that time, Norfolk Municipal Airport was one of the busiest in the nation. A year later, the new terminal was opened.

In the 1960s, jetliners began flying the American skies. This prompted the Norfolk Municipal Airport to make changes in its runways and taxiway facilities. Because of these improvements, the airport was renamed Norfolk Regional Airport.

In 1974, the airport opened its new terminal. Two years later, the airport's name was changed to Norfolk International Airport.

New buildings were built to hold the fire station, maintenance depot, and ATC tower.

In the 1980s, many changes took place. A new general aviation facility opened.

In the 1990s, the air cargo terminal and parking facilities were expanded. A year later, its concourses were also expanded.

In 2021, its busiest routes were Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Baltimore, Dallas/Fort Worth, Washington–Dulles, Philadelphia, Denver, Orlando, and Detroit.

Transfer Services at Norfolk International Airport

Norfolk International Airport provides several modes of transportation for its customers.

Services to/from ORF including rental cars, taxis, rideshares, shuttles, are available from the Ground Transportation Center of the Arrivals building.

Rental Car Services at Norfolk International Airport

All Car Rental counters at Norfolk Airport are conveniently located near the Baggage Claim area below the main terminal lobby.

The rental facility is open 24/7. Please inquire at your service provider for specific service hours and return procedures. 

When ready to return your vehicle to the car rental center, remove all personal items before turning over the rented vehicle to the designated facility. See and compare all rental car companies at Norfolk International Airport.

Ride Shares at Norfolk International Airport

The designated pick-up and drop-off area for rideshares are in the Ground Transportation Center of the Arrivals Terminal building.

Passengers can reserve rideshare by downloading the company’s app on their smartphone and coordinating directly with their driver. They can also request a ride a few days before their flight to avoid the inconvenience.

Ridesharing apps should let users verify the identity of drivers by checking out their faces, license plates, and colors.

Taxis at Norfolk International Airport

Upon exit from the Baggage Claim area, proceed to the Ground Transportation Center in front of the Arrivals Terminal building for your taxi.

One-way fare between the airport and Downtown is about $30.00, plus additional charges. If you need to travel outside the city area, please consult your driver for rates. It is customary to give the driver a tip (15-20% of the fare) for good service. See more information about taxis at Norfolk International Airport.

Keep a record of the cab company, vehicle number, and the driver's name when traveling to and from the airport, just in case you leave something behind. 

Trains at Norfolk International Airport

There is an Amtrak train connection near downtown Norfolk. Passengers can quickly get there by taxi for less than $30.00. More information about train services near Norfolk International Airport.

Buses at Norfolk International Airport

The nearest bus (HRT Route 15) connection is 2 kilometers away at the intersection of Military Highway (Route 165) and Norview Avenue (Route 247). More information about buses to and from Norfolk International Airport.

Passengers are advised to look for other more convenient transportation options.

Hotel Shuttle Services at Norfolk International Airport

Many hotels in Norfolk provide shuttle services. Passengers may confirm with their local hotel if this is available at their accommodation.

Shuttles pick up and drop passengers in front of the Arrival Terminal building.

Parking at Norfolk International Airport

Norfolk International Airport provides safe and comfortable parking spaces for more than 7,000 vehicles as of this update. These parking facilities are secured and open 24/7. Cash and credit card payments are accepted. See more information about short and long term parking at Norfolk International Airport.

Other Services at Norfolk International Airport

Wi-Fi at Norfolk International Airport

Free Wi-Fi access at Norfolk Airport for one hour. Additional charges start at $3.95. Please connect to the “TakeORFwifi” network.

ATMs at Norfolk International Airport

ATMs are in the lobby of the Departures Terminal and at Concourses A & B of the Arrivals Terminal.

Currency Exchange at Norfolk International Airport

Currency Exchange is not available in this facility.

Nursing Stations at Norfolk International Airport

These lactation rooms are located in the main lobby and on the airline concourses.

Rooms are equipped with a rocking chair, changing table, sink, and multiple outlets to give nursing mothers comfort and privacy.

Restrooms at Norfolk International Airport

Accessible restrooms and regular restrooms are throughout the airport.

Food and Beverages at Norfolk International Airport

There are food and beverages shops throughout the airport terminals. Most food concessions operate on varying schedules.

Shopping at Norfolk International Airport

You can do some last-minute shopping inside the facility.

Smoking at Norfolk International Airport

Smoking is only permitted in designated areas outside the terminals. Please follow smoking regulations at the facility.

Lost and Found Section at Norfolk International Airport

For items lost on the aircraft or at the gate area, please contact the respective airlines lost and found.

If you lost an item in any other area at the airport, including the security checkpoints and shuttle buses, please contact the Lost and Found Office at +1 757-857-3823.

You can also complete the Lost and Found process at the Information Desk in the main lobby near the pedestrian bridge.

When leaving your details for lost items(s), please include your full name, contact details, phone, email, and a description of the item(s).

The airport will keep all lost and found items for a considerable time of at least 30 days. After said period, the property will be deemed abandoned. Please talk to the airport representative at the counter.

Ticketing at Norfolk International Airport

Please look for overhead signs pointing in the direction of ticketing areas at the terminals. Each airline has its operating hours, but typically, airlines open their ticket counters two hours before departure time, even for early morning flights.

Generally, payment by cash or checks is not accepted at American airports. Please consult your air carrier or travel agent for more details.

Information Desk at Norfolk International Airport

The Airport Information Center is located in the main lobby near the pedestrian bridge. Visitor guides and maps are available at this location and in the Arrivals Terminal near the car rental counters.

Pet Relief at Norfolk International Airport

Pet relief areas are located at the Departures Terminal near Door A, Door C, and Door D. At the Arrivals Terminal, they are near Door 0 and Door 5, and near the Long-Term East Parking Lot area near the pedestrian sidewalk.

Animals are not permitted at the airport unless they are in proper pet carriers to assist disabled individuals.

Baggage Claim at Norfolk International Airport

Please retrieve luggage at your designated Baggage Claim area at the Ground Level of the Arrivals Building. Carts are available to assist passengers with special needs.

In the case of missing items, contact your respective airline or their airline ticket counter. Passengers can also inquire from the Information Desk for further assistance.

Airport Lost and Found Phone: +1 757-857-3823.

When leaving a message, include your name, email, contact phone number, and a brief description of the lost item(s).

Disabled Passengers at Norfolk International Airport

The airport is fully accessible to passengers with special needs, and wheelchairs are allowed to the gates and aircraft doors.

Travelers with disabilities or medical needs who have questions about the policies or procedures at security checkpoints can call +1 757-857-3351.

Additionally, they may notify the airline, travel agent, ticketing agent, flight attendant, or gate agent when carts, wheelchairs, or medical transportation is needed.

Things to do in Norfolk

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Norfolk International Airport Contacts

Address: 2200 Norview Ave, Norfolk, Virginia, 23518, USA
General Phone: +1 757-857-3351
General Email:
Lost and Found Email:
Lost and Found Phone: +1 757-857-3823
Official Website:

Local Information

Drive on: Right
Electricity: 120V/60Hz.
Plug: A, B
Currency: USD, US$, $
Wi-Fi at Airport: Wireless internet access is available in all public areas of Norfolk International Airport’s terminals. Limited free Wi-Fi and affordable rate plans are available. Please connect to the “TakeORFwifi” network.

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