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Keflavík International Airport lies on the Reykjanes peninsula, seven minutes from the town of Reykjanesbaer (Keflavik) and 50 km southwest of Iceland's capital Reykjavik (about a 40-minute drive). Keflavik is the main international airport for Iceland. It features modern passenger and commercial facilities as well as extensive aircraft operation areas. Sitting astride the North Atlantic route linking Europe and North America, the airport is of major importance for technical stops and as an alternate airport on the North Atlantic as well as polar routes.

The airport is well equipped and highly secure, with two runways: 02/20, 3054 x 60 m, and 11/29, 3065 x 60 m. All approaches are free of obstruction, and the airport is equipped with today's most advanced approach systems. Runways 11 and 20 are Category II; runways 02 and 29 Category I. Keflavik serves all types of aircraft 24 hours a day. It is non-congested: In 2005, it handled 22,972 commercial movements as well as 38,474 military and general aviation movements, and served 1,816,905 passengers.

Keflavík International Airport photoHistory of Keflavík International Airport
Inaugurated on March 24, 1943, "Keflavik Airport" was constructed by American forces during World War II for military purposes. The airport, one of the largest in the world at the time, played a major role in Allied transatlantic aviation and convoy protection during the war. As the world recuperated, the airport gained an important function as a refuelling stop for the piston-engine aircraft of yesteryear that effectively developed the commercial North Atlantic route between Europe and North America. In those days it was quite common that an aircraft flying from continental Europe had to make several stops: in Shannon, Ireland; then Keflavik and perhaps Narsarsuaq or Sondrestrom, Greenland; then Frobisher Bay, Goose Bay or Gander, in Canada; and finally New York. The advent of commercial jetliners in the 1960s dramatically increased the range of commercial aircraft. Keflavik Airport became less important as a refuelling stop for international carriers, but retained its importance as an alternate field on this busy route.A post-war 1946 agreement between Iceland and the United States stipulated the withdrawal of all military forces and transfer of the airport facilities to Iceland. The United States retained transit access for military aircraft and maintained international airport operation through civilian contractors (American Overseas Airlines and Lockheed Aircraft Overseas Service) in conjunction with the Icelandic Civil Aviation Administration. On May 5, 1951, upon NATO recommendation, Iceland and the United States signed an agreement in which the U.S. assumed the defence of Iceland. This agreement re-established American forces in Iceland - a move that replaced the American airport contractors and played an important role in the security of the North Atlantic during the Cold War. Icelandic companies Loftleidir Icelandic, which pioneered a transatlantic route between New York and Luxembourg via Iceland in the 1950s, and Flugfelag Islands (Icelandair), which kept to European routes, initially operated from Reykjavik. At the dawn of the jet age, both companies moved their international operations to Keflavik. These companies later merged as "Icelandair". Thus began a new chapter in the operation at Keflavik, with a dramatic increase in traffic from a mere 43,775 passengers in 1958 to 1,816,905 in 2005. In 1958 the Airport's freight totalled 1,218 metric tons, as opposed to 57,157 tons in 2005. The "Leifur Eiriksson International Air Terminal" was inaugurated in April 1987 and was extended in 2001 because of Schengen Convention requirements, which established a single external European frontier. Improvement and expansion of terminal facilities continue, with a 16,500 sq m extension to be completed in early 2007. Keflavik Airport remained both a civil and military airport operated jointly by the Keflavík International Airport Administration (KIAA) and the U.S. military until 2006, when all forces were again withdrawn from Iceland for lack of a sufficient military threat in the North Atlantic. The KIAA has now assumed sole operation of all aviation facilities at Keflavík International Airport.

Keflavík International Airport photo
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Airport Administration
Civil Aviation Administration Keflavik Airport, 235 Keflavík International Airport, Iceland Tel. + 354 425 0600, Fax +354 425 0610,
Airport Director
Bjorn Ingi Knutsson Tel. +354 425 0600
e-Mail: bjornk at kefairport is
Airport Operation Division
Eirikur Omar Sveinsson Tel. +354 425 0600
e-Mail: omar sveinsson at kefairport is
Airport Security Division
Stefan Thordersen Tel. +354 425 0600
e-Mail: stefant at kefairport is

Public Information
Fridthor Eydal Tel. +354 425-6170 e-Mail: fridthor eydal at kefairport is


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Keflavík International Airport photo

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Keflavík International Airport photo

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General Info
Country Iceland
Time UTC 0
Latitude 63.985000
63 59' 06.00" N
Longitude -22.605556
022 36' 20.00" W
Elevation 171 feet
52 meters
Type Joint (Civil and Military)
Magnetic Variation 017 W (01/06)
Beacon Yes
Operating Hours 24 HOUR OPERATIONS
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry

TWR 118.3
(MIL TAF uses KQNT ident sent vis auto wx network.)
500R 8364R
GND 121.9
DEP 119.3
ATIS 128.3
APP 119.3
ATOC 131.1
AIR GND 131.9

Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
02/20 10019 x 197 feet
3054 x 60 meters
11/29 10056 x 197 feet
3065 x 60 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
NDB OK OSCAR KILO - 364 3.9 NM 199.2

Fuel JP-8, SemiKeroscene MIL Spec T-83133, without icing inhibitor

100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)
Oil O-128, 1100,(Dispersant)Reciprocating Engine Oil(MIL L 22851 Type II)

O-133, 1010, jet Engine Oil (MIL l 6081)

O-148, MIL L 7808 (Synthetic Base), Turboprop/Turboshaft Engine

O-156, MIL L 23699 (Synthetic Base)Turboprop/Turboshaft Engine

SOAP Spectrometric Oil Analysis Program
Other Fluids ADI, Anti-Deonation Injection Fluid-Reciprocating Engine Aircraft

SP, Single Point Refueling

PRESAIR, Air Compressors rated 3,000PSI or more

LHOX, Low and high pressure oxygen servicing

LOX, Liquid oxygen servicing

OX, Indicates oxygen servicing when type of servicing is unknown

LPNIT, Low pressure nitrogen servicing

CAUTION Abandoned afld 3 NM SE of Keflavik. Bird haz May-Sep. Unctl veh/pedestrian cros SE corner mil ramp and Twy S-1, not vis fr twr. Pilots ctc GND to have veh tfc lgt turned to RED when apch cros and advs when clear cros. Twy C2 clsd to mil acft. Twy C-1 clsd. 92' tmpry crane 2000' fr Rwy 11 thld/4855' S of cntrline.
FUEL (NC-A1, JP8). Ctc ATOC 131.1.
JASU 1(A/M47A-4), 2(A/M32A-108).
LGT Rot Bcn is secured when wind exceeds 40K.
MISC Keflavik Intl is a level 3, SCR/Cooridinated arpt. Acft arr/dep civil side rqr slot times via SIMMS format. See MU-Meter rwy BA expressed in friction coefficient for ea third of rwy. Four eng acft use idle or secure outboard eng for taxi. AMC acft mnt SOF 131.1 dur all gnd opr. Rwy 07-25 clsd. All publ inst proc will be withdrawn from DoD FLIP upon base closure 30 Sep 06.
NS ABTMT See AP/2 Supplementary Arpt Rmk.
OIL O-128-133-148-156 SOAP
RSTD PPR rqr 72 hr PN and will be apv on a case by case basis. Tran acft not in support of NASKEF closure, arr/dep outside mil ramp hrs, will not be issued a PPR. DSN 450-6202/4494, C011-354-425-6202/4494, METRO DSN 450-4302. Fr 1600-1800Z dly, W bound flt ltd to 1 dep ev 5 min. See AP/2 Supplementary Arpt Rmk-Transient.
TFC PAT VFR tfc pat alt 1200'.
TRAN ALERT No tran maint avbl. Hgr space extremely ltd.

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