The traffic load at Rovaniemi is highly season dependent. The annual Christmas Fly-in event, taking place in mid-december, usually attracts a very high number of flights, both during the event itself and in the days leading up to and following the event. During the summer season, Rovaniemi is often a very quiet place.


ATS Positions

ID Frequency Callsign Area of responsibility
ROD 118.525 Rovaniemi Delivery IFR clearance for departing traffic
ROT 118.7 Rovaniemi Tower Ground movements and traffic in the CTR

Runway use

Runway 21 is preferential, mainly due to the fact that it is equipped with ILS, whereas runway 03 is not. During good weather conditions it is usual to expect RNP or visual approach for runway 03. Civil aviation must use runway 21 as the primary landing runway during night (2000z - 0400z) and runway 03 as the primary takeoff runway.

Ground movements

The aerodrome is split in two halfs, with the runway dividing them down the middle. The western half is used for military traffic only, while any civilian traffic is handled on the eastern half.

ROT is responsible for all ground movements. When runway 21 is in use, caution is advised when issuing taxi instructions via taxiway T, since arriving traffic might fail to hold short of T after vacating the runway via taxiway C or H.

IFR clearance

A clearance for departing IFR traffic is issued by ROD (when available). The initial cleared level is normally the RFL, but must be approved by ROR and Helsinki ACC, and must be stated explicitly to the pilot (FIN1, cleared to Helsinki, RENVI2A, M857, FL350, squawk 0247).


Rovaniemi Control Zone (CTR) has an upper limit of 2000 FT and is class C. Service in the CTR should be provided by ROT in accordance with the airspace classification.


ATS Positions

ID Frequency Callsign Area of responsibility
ROR 129.9 Rovaniemi Radar Traffic in the TMA
ROA 118.6 Rovaniemi Arrival Final arrival sequence

Rovaniemi TMA extends from 2000 FT to FL95, class C. Service should be provided in accordance with the airspace classification, and the standard agreements outlined below.

Airborne holdings

When, due to runway capacity, it is required to make use of airborne holdings to delay inbound traffic, the following procedures should be observed (during Rovaniemi X-Mas event).

  • ROT must be advised to optimise the departure sequence in order to achieve maximum runway throughput
  • Airborne holdings should be established at the standard arrival points (beginning of STAR)
  • The minimum holding level will be FL110. 1000 FT of vertical separation will be provided in each holding pattern
  • Helsinki ACC (EFIN), sector J will be responsible for traffic established in the holding patterns
  • When leaving the hold, traffic should be instructed to descend to FL100 and follow the appropriate STAR
  • Helsinki ACC will transfer traffic to ROR when crossing the holding fix, inbound on the STAR

The landing capacity at Rovaniemi is 20 flights/hour, equal to an average of one landing every 3 minutes. Traffic flow out of the airborne holdings should be adjusted so that this capacity can be met. In case of a large amount of departing traffic, it might be required to reduce the landing capacity below 20 flights/hour for a temporary period of time. Such a reduction must be coordinated thoroughly between ROT, ROR, ROA and Helsinki ACC.

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