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Keflavik International Airport is the Iceland’s largest and busiest airport, handling over 2.5 million passengers every year. It is located about 50 km south-west of the capital city Reykjavik. It acts as the hub airport for Iceland’s flag carrier Icelandair, as well as the low cost airline WOW air.
If no local ATC is online, departing aircraft should contact Iceland Radio (BICC_FSS) on 127.850 for oceanic clearance. Arriving aircraft should have contacted Iceland Radio upon entering Icelandic airspace for oceanic clearance.
There are two sets of runways at Keflavik: 11/29 and 02/20. Generally, one runway will be designated as in use. Other runways are available on request; please ask your controller.
Parking and Docking
In daily operations most IFR flights should load up at the Leifur Eiríksson Air Terminal on the north apron, where there are fifteen aircraft stands. Cargo flights should load up at the dedicated Cargo Apron and one of its five stands. VFR flights should load up on the parking stands at the East Apron, or on one of the stands on taxiway K. A helipad is available near the threshold of runway 29.
Please note that if you are flying an A380, you must park on the East Apron. There is insufficient wingtip clearance for A380s along taxiway N, and as such, you will not be able to access the main terminal building.
When there is heavy traffic (e.g. during an event), IFR flights should make use of the parking stands on the East Apron as well.
Taxiing is relatively simple at Keflavik and there are no complex taxi routes or regulations. However, aircraft should note that there are no holding points at Keflavik; you will be instructed to hold short of the runway. Taxiways are numbered as well as lettered, so a typical route might be “Taxi to hold short of runway 11 via C3, K3 and K4″.
At times controllers may also make use of the west and east entry/exits at the main terminal apron.
All aircraft on domestic flights will receive a SID on departure, which generally involves an initial climb of 7000ft. If unable to accept a SID, please inform the controller and you will receive vectors on departure.
All aircraft on international flights will receive an oceanic clearance. This will take the standard form of an oceanic clearance, including a routing to the sector exit point, a mach number, a flight level and a squawk. Please ensure you file your mach number along with your flight plan. All flights will be given FL270 as their initial climb unless your cruise level is below this.
Aircraft will tend to be descended to FL100 when they cross into Keflavik Approach’s airspace. Simply expect vectors for the arrival.
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|BIKF Online stations|
|Number||Course||Length||Elevation||Lat||Lon||ILS||ILS freq||ILS FAC||GP|
|02||16°||10020ft / 3054 m||137ft||63.964481||-22.605453||✓||111.3||15°||3.0°|
|11||106°||10056ft / 3065 m||111ft||63.985039||-22.655006||✓||109.5||106°||3.0°|
|20||196°||10020ft / 3054 m||163ft||63.991878||-22.605433||✓||110.3||196°||3.0°|
|29||286°||10056ft / 3065 m||171ft||63.985042||-22.592389||✓||108.5||286°||3.0°|