Qaanaaq Airport

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Qaanaaq Airport
Mittarfik Qaanaaq / Qaanaaq Lufthavn
Airport type Public
Operator Mittarfeqarfiit
Serves Qaanaaq, Greenland
Elevation AMSL 51 ft / 16 m
Coordinates 77°29′19″N 069°23′19″W / 77.48861°N 69.38861°W / 77.48861; -69.38861Coordinates: 77°29′19″N 069°23′19″W / 77.48861°N 69.38861°W / 77.48861; -69.38861
Website Qaanaaq Lufthavne
BGQQ is located in Greenland
Location in Greenland
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 900 2,953 Gravel
Statistics (2012)
Passengers 1,719
Source: Danish AIS[1]

Qaanaaq Airport (Greenlandic: Mittarfik Qaanaaq) (IATA: NAQICAO: BGQQ) is an airport located 1.9 NM (3.5 km; 2.2 mi) northwest[1] of Qaanaaq, a settlement in the Qaasuitsup municipality in northern Greenland. It was established in 1991[2] to serve Qaanaaq and neighboring communities because Thule Air Base in Pituffik is not open for regular passenger traffic. It is the only civilian airport north of Upernavik and is a lifeline for northern Greenland.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Greenland Pituffik, Upernavik[3]
Air Greenland (settlement flights) Moriusaq, Siorapaluk[3]

Air Greenland operates government contract flights to villages in the Qaanaaq region. These mostly cargo flights are not featured in the timetable,[3] although they can be pre-booked.[4] 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.

Transfers at Thule Air Base[edit]

Travellers bound for Thule Air Base in Pituffik are required to apply for transfer permit from either Rigsombudsmanden in Nuuk (residents of Greenland), or the Danish Foreign Ministry (all others).[5] Failure to present the permit during check-in results in denial of boarding. The same rules apply for transfers at Pituffik, including a stopover on the way from Qaanaaq to Savissivik.