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Kangerlussuaq Airport
Mittarfik Kangerlussuaq
Søndre Strømfjord Lufthavn
Sondre Stromfjord Airport
Kangerlussuaq Airport: Air Greenland de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter
IATA: SFJ – ICAO: BGSF
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Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Mittarfeqarfiit
Serves Kangerlussuaq
Elevation AMSL 165 ft / 50 m
Coordinates 67°01′01″N 050°41′22″W / 67.01694°N 50.68944°W / 67.01694; -50.68944 (Kangerlussuaq Airport)Coordinates: 67°01′01″N 050°41′22″W / 67.01694°N 50.68944°W / 67.01694; -50.68944 (Kangerlussuaq Airport)
Website Kangerlussuaq Lufthavn
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 2,810 9,219 Asphalt
Statistics (2008)
Passengers 133,690
Source: Danish AIS
Statistics from airport.

Kangerlussuaq Airport (Kalaallisut: Mittarfik Kangerlussuaq, Danish: Søndre Strømfjord Lufthavn) (IATA: SFJ, ICAO: BGSF) is an airport in Kangerlussuaq, a settlement in the Qeqqata municipality in central-western Greenland. Alongside Narsarsuaq Airport, it is one of only two civilian airports in Greenland large enough to handle large airliners, having more stable weather, being located further away from the coast, and hence less prone to fog and wind in comparison with other airports in Greenland. Kangerlussuaq airport is the international hub for Air Greenland.

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Sondre Stromfjord Airport - Terminal at Kangerlussuaq Airport with two Dash-7s of Air Greenland in front
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Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Air Greenland Aasiaat, Copenhagen, Ilulissat, Nuuk, Maniitsoq, Sisimiut

Access to several research camps on Greenland ice sheet, including the Danish field camp North GRIP and the American Summit Camp, is handled through Kangerlussuaq via the 109th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard.

Facilities

The terminal is open for 24 hours during summer. Hotel Kangerlussuaq with a 70-room capacity and a restaurant is located within the terminal building of the airport, providing accommodation for transferring passengers. Other amenities include a night-club and a self-service bar during daytime. Several tourism outfitters share an office in the terminal, alongside the Tourist Office.

History

An airport was first built here by the US military in 1941, under the name Bluie West-8, later renamed Sondrestromfjord Air Base and Sondrestrom Air Base.

In the 1950s, transatlantic civilian flights began using the air base for refuelling. This use fell off in the 1960s as airliners gained greater range, but the base became the hub of Greenland air traffic.

The airport was handed over to civilian Greenlandic control in 1992.

Future

At a late 2011 Air Greenland meeting, plans to move the main Greenland intercontinental air hub away from Kangerlussuaq were agreed upon. According to the 2011 plan three 1,199 meter airstrips will be built, a new airport at Qaqortoq, and extensions at Nuuk, and Ilulissat, and probably later new airports at Tasiilaq and Ittoqqortoormiit. These planned airstrips will be too short to host intercontinental flights, and a new 1,799 meter airstrip must be built before Kangerlussuaq can be closed. The main candidates for a new intercontinental airport are presently Nuuk and Qaqortoq. Alongside Kangerlussuaq, the airports at Narsarsuaq and Kulusuk (if Tasiilaq is built) will also be closed. Generally, a number of the airstrips have been built by the US defence at locations not near any major settlement, partly based on a Danish policy to hide the US presence in Greenland.

Photographs

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Sondre Stromfjord Airport - In May 1998 Greenlandair took the affair into its own hands to compeed with its parent company SAS with their first jetliner Boeing 757-236
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Sondre Stromfjord Airport - First Air Boeing 727-233/Adv(F) C-GXFA at Kangerlussuaq Airport
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Sondre Stromfjord Airport

Sondre Stromfjord Airport - Greenlandair Beech 200 Super King Air OY-NUK taxiing at Kangerlussuaq Airport
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Sondre Stromfjord Airport

Sondre Stromfjord Airport - Air Alpha Cessna 208B Grand Caravan OY-TPG at Kangerlussuaq Airport. Hired by Tele Post Greenland for mail and parcel distribution
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Sondre Stromfjord Airport

Sondre Stromfjord Airport - Air Greenland Boeing 757-236 at Kangerlussuaq
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Sondre Stromfjord Airport

Sondre Stromfjord Airport - Air Greenland Airbus A330 at Kangerlussuaq
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Sondre Stromfjord Airport

Sondre Stromfjord Airport - SAS operated flights to Greenland until March 2003, the route re-opened the spring 2007 until January 2009. The Boeing 767-383ER at Kangerlussuaq Airport (2001)
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General Info
Country Greenland
ICAO ID BGSF
Latitude 67.016969
67° 01' 01.09" N
Longitude -50.689325
050° 41' 21.57" W
Elevation 165 feet
50 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 034° W (01/06)
Beacon Yes
Operating Agency CIVIL GOVERNMENT, (LANDING FEES AND DIPLOMATIC CLEARANCE MAY BE REQUIRED)
Alternate Name KANGERLUSSUAQ


Communications
TWR
Opr 1000-2000Z++ Mon-Sat. exc hol.
118.3
RDO 121.3
5526
8945
10042
(SELCAL Flt Info Cntr)
APP/DEP
Opr 1100-2000Z++ Mon-Sat exc hol.
126.2
Communications Remarks
A/D Coverage ltd blw 13,000 ft to 80 NM btn 180 MAG and 270 MAG fr BGSF.


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
10/28 9219 x 197 feet
2810 x 60 meters
ASPHALT - YES


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
NDB SF SONDRE STROMFJORD - 382 6.7 NM 101.3


Supplies/Equipment
Fuel 100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)



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