ATS Positions

ID Frequency Callsign Area of responsibility
K-D 121.0 Keflavik Clearance Delivery IFR clearance for departing traffic
K-G 121.9 Keflavik Ground Ground movements
K-T 118.3 Keflavik Tower Traffic in the CTR

Runway use

Keflavik has two runways, crossing at mid point. When the wind conditions do not dictate which runway to use, the runways should be used flexibly to allow the shortest possible flight path (both for arriving and departing traffic). In such a situation, each flight should be coordinated individually between Approach and Tower to determine the most appropriate runway to be used. During high traffic loads, however, only a single runway direction should be used. 

IFR clearance

The IFR clearance is issued by K-D. Any traffic entering the Reykjavik OCA will require an oceanic clearance, which will contain the following information:

  • Route
  • Flight Level
  • Mach Number
  • Departure instructions (if required)
  • Take-off time restriction (if required)

Clearances for departing aircraft must be coordinated with Reykjavik South Sector. Departing aircraft will always be issued FL290 or flight planned level if lower. Once airborne and in contact with Reykjavik ACC they will be recleared to their requested cruising level.

Depending on runway in use, further departure instructions may be necessary, such as:

  • Standard Instrument Departure
  • Initial climb clearance
  • Direction of first turn

Pilots must file or advise requested Flight Level and Mach number.

Reykjavik Delivery, Iceair 212, information Yankee, stand 3 request clearance to Kastrup (Flight Level 350, mach .80)

Iceair 212 cleared to Kastrup via OSKUM VALDI Flight Level 290 Mach .80. After departure runway 29 turn left heading 180, maintain altitude 7000ft. Squawk 2331.


K-G is responsible for ground movements on the aerodrome. Bear in mind many taxiways are closed. Commercial flights park at the terminal on the North Apron. Cargo flights and general aviation park on the East Apron.

Parking positions

The below table can be used as a general guideline for assigning parking positions at the airport.

Gate Usage Example airlines and types
 1-6 Medium jets, Schengen ICE, WOW, NAX, SAS
 7-10 Medium jets, non-Schengen ICE, WOW, BAW, EZY
11-14 Medium jets, Schengen ICE, WOW, NAX, BER
20-24 Medium jets, Remote. All

Currently, traffic coming from the following airports should be considered Schengen traffic:

BI**, EB**, ED**, EE**, EF**, EH**, EK**, EN**, EP**, ES**, EV**, EY**, LE**, LF**, LG**, LH**, LI**, LJ**, LO'**, LP**, LS**, LZ**


Keflavik Control Zone (CTR) has an upper limit of 3000FT and is class D airspace. Service to traffic in the CTR should be provided in accordance with the airspace classification.


ID Frequency Callsign Area of responsibility
KA 119.3 Keflavik Approach Traffic in FAXI TMA - Keflavik Sector
RA* 119.0 Reykjavik Approach Traffic in FAXI TMA - Reykjavik Sector


KA (and RA) are responsible for FAXI TMA. The TMA extends from ground level to FL245. It is class G below 3000FT, class C from 3000FT to FL195 and class A above FL195.

Keflavik (BIKF) CTR and Reykjavik (BIRK) CTR are situated below the TMA. All other area is class G airspace. Limited or full service should be provided within BIRK airspace, traffic load permitting, by KA, when no local ATS station is available.

Service should be provided in accordance with the airspace classification and according to the standard agreements, as outlined below.

Arriving traffic should be vectored for an ILS approach, with a minimum 10 mile final unless the pilot requests shorter. Weather permitting, visual approaches may be used except to runway 20. The use of visual approaches must be coordinated with KT.

IN agreements
S(ANY) BIKFFL110Coordinate route
RABIRK(ANY) 6000 FTFor departures crossing BIKF sector
OUT agreements
BIFK(ANY) FL290S (119.700)
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