|IATA: JAV – ICAO: BGJN|
|Owner||Greenland Airport Authority|
|Location||Ilulissat, Qaasuitsup Greenland|
|Elevation AMSL||95 ft / 29 m|
|Source: Danish AIS
Statistics from airport
Ilulissat Airport (Greenlandic: Mittarfik Ilulissat, Danish: Ilulissat Lufthavn) (IATA: JAV, ICAO: BGJN) is an airport located near the shores of Disko Bay, 1.5 NM (2.8 km; 1.7 mi) north-east of Ilulissat, a town in the Qaasuitsup municipality in western Greenland. It was built in 1983, replacing the old heliport.
Airlines and destinations
|Air Greenland||Aasiaat, Kangerlussuaq, Nuuk, Qaanaaq, Qaarsut, Sisimiut, Upernavik
Seasonal: Qasigiannguit, Qeqertarsuaq
Settlement Flights: Ilimanaq, Qeqertaq, Saqqaq
|Air Iceland||Reykjavík (Domestic Airport)|
Air Greenland operates government contract flights to villages in the Disko Bay area. These mostly cargo flights are not featured in the timetable, although they can be pre-booked. Departure times for these flights as specified during booking are by definition approximate, with the settlement service optimized on the fly depending on local demand for a given day. Settlement flights in the Disko Bay and Aasiaat archipelago areas are operated only during winter and spring. During summer and autumn, communication between settlements is by sea only, serviced by Diskoline.
The purpose of Ilulissat Airport is debated in Greenland; there is pressure for runway extension from the local tourist industry and municipal authorities. A longer (1,799 m (5,902 ft)) runway would let the airport receive direct airliner flights from Europe. The airport would then join or even replace Kangerlussuaq Airport as a primary hub, effectively becoming an international gateway to western and northwestern Greenland. There is a general debate on extending or replacing most airports in Greenland, since most are ill located former air bases, or very short. But there is no money for everyone.
Accidents and incidents
On 29 January 2014, a De Havilland DHC-8 operated by Air Greenland (Flight 3205) suffered substantial damage in a landing accident, causing three injuries. On landing, the left main gear collapsed and the plane skidded down a slope and came to a rest near the perimeter fence. 
Air Iceland de Havilland Canada Dash-8 106
Air Greenland Sikorsky S-61N helicopter
Air Greenland de Havilland Canada Dash 7, "Nipiki"
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ilulissat Airport.|
- BGJN – Ilulissat Airport (PDF). Greenlandic Aeronautical Information Publication from Statens Luftfartsvæsen (CAA-DK).
- Operationer og pax 2012-1988.xls
- Air Greenland, History
- O'Carroll, Etain (2005). Greenland and the Arctic. Lonely Planet. pp. 172, 177. ISBN 1-74059-095-3.
- "Booking system". Air Greenland. Retrieved 9 June 2010.
- Air Greenland, fare system rules
- Diskoline timetable
- "Mayors calling for airport improvements". Sermitsiaq. 10 September 2008. Retrieved 17 May 2010.
- "Air Greenland imod nye atlantlufthavne". Sermitsiaq (in Danish). 9 September 2008. Retrieved 17 May 2010.