Ivalo Airport

Ivalo (EFIV) airport is the northernmost controlled airport in Finland and the whole European Union. It's also one of the six airports in Lapland. The airport itself is located about 10 kilometers southwest from Ivalo city area. Traffic at Ivalo is mainly based during the winter season, and it's limited due to airport size and available ATS equipment. A few charter airlines, as Jet2 and Transavia operate to Ivalo each winter. Finnair operates weekly flights to Helsinki throughout the year. The airport is also used by private aircraft, general aviation, training operations and military flights.

ATS Positions

Login Frequency Callsign Area of Responsibility
EFIV_TWR 118.000 Ivalon Torni
Ivalo Tower
Control Zone & maneuvering area
EFIV_I_TWR  118.000 Ivalo AFIS Flight Information Zone & maneuvering area

The status of ATS provided (ATC or AFIS) is published by NOTAM containing the Operating hours. Procedures at the aerodrome, when AFIS is provided, see AIP GEN 3.3, item 3.1 and AFIS Units. This document only contains procedures when ATC is provided.

Note that Ivalo Tower/AFIS is also responsible for the TMA/FIZ Upper airspace.

Runway use

The airport has one runway (04/22). Runway 22 is equipped with an ILS (Instrument Landing System), and shall be used during low visibility or low cloud base. Arriving IFR aircraft approved for RNAV 1 or P-RNAV shall use RNP approach runway 04 or ILS-Z approach runway 21. If the weather allowes, inbound traffic can also be cleared for VA (Visual Approach) serving the runway in use.

It is recommended to select the runway according to wind and traffic flow. The majority of inbounds and outbounds are southbound, meaning that the preferential runway for arrivals is 04 and for departures is 22. This will also reduce the runway occupancy time significantly due to less need for backtrack.

There shall be enough separation between arrivals to allow the previous aircraft to backtrack and vacate the runway. It is recommended to leave about 3 minutes separation between arrivals on final approach track.

Intersection takeoffs can be performed upon the pilots request and traffic situation permitting.

Missed approaches shall be instructed by own navigation back to the IAF serving the runway in use. The direction of circuit or direction of turn after departure may be stated to clarify the direction.

Low Visibility Procedures

Ivalo airport is not allowed for Low visibility procedures for Take-Off (LVPTO)

IFR Clearance

Before each controlled IFR flight, the aircraft shall request a pre departure clearance (clearance to fly from A to B). The clearance includes mainly the destination, runway in use, TMA exit point and next segment of flight plan route, altitude or flight level and the squawk code. If departure time is restricted, a TSAT or CTOT shall be given with the IFR clearance.

Coordination is required with Helsinki Control if a longer direct (DCT) clearance instead of TMA-exit point is preferred. The initial cleared altitude will be the final reuqested flight level, if not restricted by Helsinki Control (ACC).

Finnair 11A, cleared to Helsinki, runway 21, direct SOTIT, direct ROTKO, flight level 380, squawk 7071.

Finnair 11A, selvä Helsinkiin, kiitotie 21, lähdöstä suoraan SOTIT, suoraan ROTKO, lentopinta 380, koodaa 7071.

Ground movements & parking

Example of a pushback clearance:

Finnair 7023, time 54, pushback and startup approved, QNH 1011. Facing northeast.

Finnair 7023, aika 54, saa työntää ja käynnistää, QNH 1011. Nokka koiliseen.

To delay startup and pusback due to CTOT or other reason:

  • Expect startup at (time);
  • Expect departure (time), startup at own discretion;
  • Expect (number) minutes delay due (reason).

Taxiing on the apron is always subject to instructions by Ivalo Tower.

General aviation aircraft shall use the Apron accessible via taxiway C. Primary stands for commercial flights are 1, 2 and 3. Pushback is not reuired on these stands. Other stands can be used freely to any traffic operating to or from Ivalo.

VFR Traffic

There are no operational restrictions for VFR traffic operating at Ivalo airport. If necessary, the number of VFR aircraft cleared to fly in the aerodrome traffic circuit is restricted by ATC. The number of aircraft is determined by e.g. weather conditions or other traffic. Inbound and outbound traffic shall be cleared via the Visual Reporting Points (VRPs) MAHLA, HAMPI, VASKI or LAANI. 

VFR traffic is not separated from other VFR/IFR traffic. VFR/IFR and VFR/VFR traffic information will be given on request. Traffic avoidance advice will not be given due to equipment.


EFIV airspace is divided in two controlled areas; the Control Zone (FIZ Lower during AFIS) and the Terminal Area  (FIZ Upper during AFIS). Both the CTR and TMA is ATS airspace classification D.

Ivalo Tower does not have a radar, and therefore radar service is not given. Ivalo Tower will apply procedural service with procedural separation.

MAX 3 IFR aircraft are allowed to operate within EFIV CTR and TMA at once.

Helsinki Control shall be adviced if arriving traffic needs to be regulated. When an arriving aircraft is transferred from ACC to Ivalo Tower, ACC shall ensure that appropriate procedural separation is established between that aircraft and any other controlled aircraft before the transfer is effected.

Helsinki Control shall terminate the radar service before transfer to Ivalo Tower / AFIS.

Inbound IFR traffic will be cleared to follow STAR serving the runway in use if not otherwise coordinated with Helsinki Control. If traffic situation is low, it is recommended to coordinate a DCT route to the end of the "T-bar". E.g. Direct NEVUT (runway 22). Generally traffic will be given the approach clearance directly on initial contact with Ivalo Tower. Traffic shall be advised to report final approach track, ILS localizer or a specific point (e.g. IAF). ATC cannot assign a lower altitude than 3500 FT to any IFR traffic within the TMA.

Finnair 8TA, Ivalo Tower, continue descent 3500 feet, via VENAB cleared RNP approach runway 04. QNH 1011. Report final approach track.

Finnair 8TA, Ivalon Torni, jatka laskeutumista korkeuteen 3500 jalkaa, QNH 1011. VENAB:in kautta selvä RNP lähestymiseen kiitotie 04. Ilmoita loppulähestymissuunnassa.

Standard agreed transfer from Ivalo Tower to Helsinki Control (ACC) will be initiated 3 minutes after departure.

If aircraft is estimated to have a higher or slower climb rate than usual, it is recommended to have the pilot report when passing flight level 95.

RNAVX aircraft will usually be cleared for Visual approach serving the runway in use. If weather situation does not allow visual approaches, aircraft equipped with ADF may be cleared for ILS-Y or NDB approach. In this situation, traffic can be cleared NDB runway 04 via SOTIT, LUSAG or TOL, or ILS-Y/NDB runway 22 via AKU.

Aircraft may fly below TMA (FIZ Upper) in uncontrolled airspace when inbound of NDB racetrack procedure before entering CTR (FIZ Lower). 

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