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Ilulissat Airport

Ilulissat Airport
Mittarfik Ilulissat
Ilulissat Lufthavn
Airport type Public
Owner Greenland Airport Authority
Serves Ilulissat, Greenland
Location Ilulissat, Qaasuitsup Greenland
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 95 ft / 29 m
Coordinates 69°14′36″N 051°03′26″W / 69.24333°N 51.05722°W / 69.24333; -51.05722Coordinates: 69°14′36″N 051°03′26″W / 69.24333°N 51.05722°W / 69.24333; -51.05722

Location within Greenland
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 845 2,772 Asphalt
Statistics (2008)
Passengers 36,630
Source: Danish AIS[1]
Statistics from airport.[2]

Ilulissat Airport (Greenlandic: Mittarfik Ilulissat, Danish: Ilulissat Lufthavn) (IATA: JAVICAO: BGJN) is an airport located near the shores of Disko Bay, 1.5 NM (2.8 km; 1.7 mi) north-east[1] of Ilulissat, a town in the Qaasuitsup municipality in western Greenland. It was built in 1983,[3] replacing the old heliport.[4]

Airlines and destinations

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.[5] 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.[6] Arun

Runway extension

The purpose of Ilulissat Airport is debated in Greenland; there is pressure for runway extension from the local tourist industry and municipal authorities.[7] A longer (1,799 m (5,902 ft)) runway would let the airport receive direct airliner flights from Europe.[8] The airport would then join or even replace Kangerlussuaq Airport as a primary hub, effectively becoming an international gateway to western and northwestern Greenland.


A panoramic view of Ilulissat Airport in August

See also

Greenland portal
Aviation portal


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