Nerlerit Inaat Airport

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Nerlerit Inaat Airport
Mittarfik Nerlerit Inaat
Constable Pynt Lufthavn
Nerlerit Inaat Lufthavn
ConstablePyntFromHarrisFjeld.jpg
Nerlerit Inaat from Harris Fjeld
Summary
Operator Greenland Airport Authority
(Mittarfeqarfiit)
Serves Ittoqqortoormiit
Elevation AMSL 45 ft / 14 m
Coordinates 70°44′35″N 022°39′02″W / 70.74306°N 22.65056°W / 70.74306; -22.65056Coordinates: 70°44′35″N 022°39′02″W / 70.74306°N 22.65056°W / 70.74306; -22.65056
Website Nerlerit Inaat lufthavn
Map
BGCO is located in Greenland
BGCO
BGCO
Location in Greenland
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 1,000 3,281 Gravel
Statistics (2012)
Passengers 3,547
Source: Danish AIS[1]

Nerlerit Inaat Airport (Greenlandic: Mittarfik Nerlerit Inaat, Danish: Constable Pynt Lufthavn) (IATA: CNPICAO: BGCO) is an airport in the Sermersooq municipality in eastern Greenland. It is located on Jameson Land and serves the town of Ittoqqortoormiit, approximately 40 km (25 mi) to the south-east. The airport can serve STOL aircraft. A AS 350 helicopter of Air Greenland is permanently housed at the airport, linking it with Ittoqqortoormiit Heliport. The helicopter also provides search and rescue capabilities within the surrounding area, and can be chartered for transport.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Terminal building
Airlines Destinations
Air Greenland Ittoqqortoormiit, Kangerlussuaq, Nuuk, Kulusuk
Seasonal: Reykjavik-Keflavík[citation needed]
Air Iceland
operated by Norlandair
Seasonal: Akureyri

History[edit]

The airport was built in 1985 by the US oil company ARCO in connection with oil exploration in Jameson Land. It was sold to Greenland in 1990.[2]

Relocation[edit]

The airport may be relocated to a new site on Liverpool Land closer to Ittoqqortoormiit, between the settlement and Uunarteq cape (Danish: Kap Tobin) to the south, thus eliminating the need for helicopter transfers.[3]

Settlement[edit]

The airport has around 15 employees, who have their home within the airport area.[4] No other settlement is reachable by road, making the airport possibly the one with smallest population reachable by road in the world. There is a road to a seaport around 2 km south of the terminal building, and some other roads in the area. Transportation to the main settlement in the area (Ittoqqortoormiit) is by helicopter or (in the summer) by boat.

Expeditions[edit]

The airport acts as stopping off point for a number of expeditions into Jameson Land and Northeast Greenland National Park. Areas such as Renland have only just been visited, or have had no known visitors.

In summer 2004 the airport was the destination of an arctic trip by two German microlight pilots flying a Flight Design CT2K light aircraft.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Greenland AIP for BGCO – Nerlerit Inaat Airport from Naviair
  2. ^ "Nerlerit Inaat". www.airgreenland.com. Retrieved 2016-04-11. 
  3. ^ "Øget trafik i Nationalparken". Sermitsiaq (in Danish). 9 March 2010. Retrieved 17 May 2010. 
  4. ^ Nerlerit Inaat (airgreenland.com)
  5. ^ "Im Ultraleichtflugzeug nach Grönland". www.lornav.de. Retrieved 2016-04-11.