Rovaniemi Airport

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. Rovaniemi is a major hub for the Finnish Air Force. Procedures for military operations within Helsinki FIR can be found in the menu to the left.

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 noise restrictions and 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 to expedite traffic. Civil aviation must use runway 21 as the primary landing runway during night (2000z - 0400z) and runway 03 as the primary takeoff runway.

Intersection takeoff is forbidden for jet aircraft during winter season due to winter maintenance on runway 03/21.

Finnhems medical helicopter

A medical helicopter base is located at the airport southeast of taxiway T on Apron Q. In case of status flight (medical/HOSP) it has a priority to other traffic! The call-sign of the medical helicopter is "Finnhems 51" (ICAO: FIH51). The medical helicopter will perform approach directly to its base. The helicopter will take about 3 minutes to be pushed out of the hangar. It will primarily be departing in the direction of runway 21, or cross the runway northbound. When the mission requires to cross the runway overhead or over the approach path, a runway crossing clearance must be given. The medical helicopter will transport patients to Lapin keskussairaala (EFLR) helipad.

Finnhems 51, Cleared direct en-route, 4000ft or below, QNH 1015, wind 220 degrees 9 knots, maximum 12 knots, cleared for takeoff. Report airborne. Cleared to cross runway.

Finnhems 51, selvä menetelmän mukaan, QNH 1015. Tuulet 220 astetta 9 solmua, maximi 9 solmua, selvä lentoonlähtöön. Ilmoita ilmassa. Selvä ylittää kiitotie.

IFR clearance

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

ATCO: Finnair 540, cleared to Helsinki, runway 21, RENVI2A departure, M857, FL350, squawk 0247.

Ground movements & parking

The aerodrome is split in two halfs, with the runway dividing them down the middle. The northwestern part is used for military traffic only, while civilian traffic is handled on the southeastern part.

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.

Example of a pushback clearance:

ATCO: Finnair 540, time 46, pushback and startup approved. QNH 1011. 

Primary stands provided by jetways are stands 7 and 8. General aviation shall be parked east of stand 7.


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, classificationC. Service shall be provided in accordance with the airspace classification, and the standard agreements outlined below. During military operations or when local training areas are in use, the TMA upper limit may be raised do desired level, coordinated with Helsinki ACC.

Inbound IFR traffic will enter the TMA via NEPIX, NEMGU, OSLIT, ROTKO and RENVI. Traffic will be cleared FL100 by Helsinki Control, and cleared for RNAV STAR serving the runway in use. Military traffic not able to follow the STAR (nonRNAV), will usually be cleared direct ROI VOR and expect VOR, visual or ILS-Y approach serving the runway in use.


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