Flights to Najaf

The city of Najaf is one of Islam’s holiest cities, and a major pilgrimage site for Shi’a Muslims. It’s the third most popular pilgrimage site after Mecca and Medina, with millions of people flocking to Najaf each year. The city’s main draw is the tomb of Alī ibn Abī Tālib, the son in law of the prophet Muhammad, considered to be the rightful Caliph by followers of the Shiite faith. The city is also home to the Wadi-us-Salaam cemetery, the largest cemetery in the world where many of the faith’s prophets and most righteous holy men are buried. 

Airports in Najaf

Al Najaf International Airport (NJF) sits on the eastern side of the city. It’s a small airport mainly catering towards Muslim pilgrims heading to the city’s most important sites. The airport officially opened in 2008, with the Iraqi Prime Minister stepping off the first official aeroplane. Since 2009 plenty of large airlines have been landing at the airport, although construction is still underway. 

Airlines that fly to Najaf

There are no direct flights from the UK to Najaf. The two largest airlines flying into Najaf are Turkish Airlines from Istanbul and Qatar Airways from Doha. Other airlines with scheduled flights to the airport include Air Arabia, Al-Naser Airlines, flydubai, Gulf Air, Iran Air, Iran Aseman Airlines, Iraqi Airways, Jazeera Airways, Mahan Air, Meraj Airlines, Middle East Airlines, Qeshm Airlines, Taban Air, and Zagros Airlines.

Getting into Najaf

The airport isn’t far from the city centre, and is a 15 minute journey by taxi or by rental car. The taxi should cost around £11-13 but always get an estimate from the driver before setting off on your journey. 

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When to fly to Najaf

 Najaf has scorching weather all year round, but during summer the heat can be unbearable. If you’re planning on doing a lot of sightseeing, visit from November to March when the temperature drops to a far more bearable 15-21°C. November is the wettest month, but considering the average annual rainfall sits at around a quarter of an inch, you probably won’t need to pack your wellingtons.   

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