Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Airport #112 · First visited 20 September 2023
While I’ve been to the Hampton Roads region a few times, I’d never flown into Norfolk (ORF) until 2023; on prior trips, I’d used Newport News/Williamsburg (PHF) or Richmond (RIC).
ORF is a beautiful airport, looking classic while not feeling run-down. It does have an unusual configuration in that the baggage claim and arrivals loop are in a separate building connected to the parking garages, with a skybridge connecting them across the roadway. Philadelphia (PHL) has a similar (though much larger) layout, but it’s not an airport design I often see.
My only real complaint about the airport was that the two concourses are not connected behind security, so I only got to see the B concourse airside. The B concourse, at least, was reasonably large and had plenty of dining and retail options.
The entry to the airport required crossing a river bridge, and the airport side of the bridge was kept forested, giving the illusion that the airport was on its own little forested island in the middle of semi-urban Norfolk.
All in all, I really liked this airport—it had its own great cohesive look and feel that was distinct from nearly any other airport I’ve been to.