Ilulissat Airport

Mittarfik Ilulissat

Ilulissat Lufthavn
Airport typeState owned
ServesIlulissat and Disko Bay, Greenland
LocationIlulissat, Avannaata Municipality
Hub for
Elevation AMSL95 ft / 29 m
Coordinates69°14′36″N 051°03′26″W / 69.24333°N 51.05722°W / 69.24333; -51.05722
BGJN is located in Greenland
Location within Greenland
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 845 2,772 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Source: AIP[1]

Ilulissat Airport (Greenlandic: Mittarfik Ilulissat, Danish: Ilulissat Lufthavn, originally Jakobshavn Lufthavn); (IATA: JAV, ICAO: BGJN) is a minor international airport serving Ilulissat, Greenland, the entire Disko Bay Region, the North and West Greenland. It is the 59th largest airport in the Nordic countries with 83,000 passengers in 2012 and is the second airport built in Greenland for civilian travel partially funded by the EU (former EC) Structural Funds and Cohesion Fund. It is the third-busiest airport in Greenland, and one of the busiest for international travel in Greenland.[2]

The airport is located north-east of Ilulissat, just 2.8 kilometres (1.7 mi) of city centre. It was built in 1983,[3] replacing the heliport.[3] The airport is the main hub out of three used by Air Greenland.

Airport expansion

Airport terminal

The purpose of Ilulissat Airport has been debated in Greenland for decades; there has been pressure for runway extension from the local tourist industry and municipal authorities.[4] Currently a new airport is being built slated to open in 2024, but delays might push it to 2025 or later.[5] The expansion of the airport will feature a 2,200 m × 60 m (7,218 ft × 197 ft)[6] runway to let the airport receive direct international airliner flights from mainland Europe and the Americas.[7][8] It will be located just north of the present airport.[9] The new airport will be able to facilitate direct routes from international airports directly to Ilulissat. There is a general debate on extending or replacing most airports in Greenland, since most are either ill located former air bases, or very short.

Airlines and destinations

Air Greenland Aasiaat, Ilimanaq,[10] Kangerlussuaq, Nuuk, Qaanaaq, Qaarsut, Qeqertaq,[10] Saqqaq,[10] Sisimiut, Upernavik[10]
Seasonal: Reykjavík–Keflavík, Qasigiannguit, Qeqertarsuaq
Air Nunavut Charter: Iqaluit[11]
Icelandair Seasonal: Reykjavik–Keflavík[12]

Air Greenland operates government contract flights to villages in the Disko Bay area. These mostly cargo flights are not featured in the timetable, although they can be pre-booked.[13] Departure times for these flights as specified during booking are by definition approximate, with the settlement service optimized on the fly depending on local demand for a given day. Settlement flights in the Disko Bay and Aasiaat archipelago areas are operated only during winter and spring. During summer and autumn, communication between settlements is by sea only, serviced by Diskoline.[14]

Accidents and incidents

See also


  1. ^ "BGJN – Ilulissat" (xls). AIP Denmark. Copenhagen: Trafikstyrelsen/Danish Transport Authority. 28 June 2012. part AD 2 – BGJN. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  2. ^ - total passengers 2012 was 41,965
  3. ^ a b Air Greenland, History Archived 23 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Mayors calling for airport improvements". Sermitsiaq. 10 September 2008. Retrieved 17 May 2010.
  5. ^
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  7. ^ Massiv udvidelse af grønlandske lufthavne
  8. ^ "OPLEV VERDEN, OG LAD VERDEN OPLEVE OS". Qaasuitsup (in Danish). October 2014. Retrieved 4 December 2014.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Ilulissat". Retrieved 21 July 2023.
  10. ^ a b c d "Booking system". Air Greenland. Archived from the original on 22 April 2010. Retrieved 9 June 2010.
  11. ^ "Where We Fly – Air Nunavut / Smooth Air".
  12. ^ "Icelandair flight FI 124: Ilulissat - Keflavik, Reykjavik". 17 May 2022.
  13. ^ Air Greenland, fare system rules Archived 13 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Diskoline timetable Archived 22 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident de Havilland Canada DHC-8-202Q Dash 8 OY-GRI Ilulissat Airport (JAV)".

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