Why was my Icelandic flight plan rejected?

Pilots flying in Iceland must file flight plans with routing that meets Icelandic Transport Authority guidance. If your routing does not meet the guidelines, your flight plan may be rejected. This support article includes information pertaining to proper routing and quick links for flights in and out of Iceland. Refer to the information below for help with selecting the proper route for your flight. Official routing information can be located at https://eaip.isavia.is/

BIKF Departures

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Arrivals

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Requirements for Flight Plans on random route segments 

Flights conducted wholly or partly outside the organized tracks shall be planned along great circle tracks joining successive significant points and flight plans shall be made in accordance with the following: 

  1. Flights operating between North America and Europe shall generally be considered as operating in a predominantly east-west direction. However, flights planned between these two continents via the North Pole shall be considered as operating in predominantly north-south direction.
  2. For flights conducted along one of the organized tracks from the entry point into the NAT flight information regions to the exit point, the organized track shall be defined in the flight plan by the abbreviation "NAT" followed by the code letter assigned to the track. 

Requirements for Flight Plans on random routes at or south of 70N 

GENERAL: 

  1. The planned flight plan route shall be defined by significant points formed by the intersection of half or whole degrees of latitude with meridians spaced at intervals of 10° from the Greenwich meridian to longitude 70W.
    Example: 65N000W 66N010W 67N020W 68N030W 67N040W 66N050W...
  2. The distance between significant points shall, as far as possible, not exceed one hour's flight time.
    Additional significant points should be established when deemed necessary due to aircraft speed or the angle at which the meridians are crossed, e.g. at intervals of 10° of longitude (between 5W and 65W).

Aircraft operating across boundaries: 

  1. Aircraft operating across the boundary between Reykjavik (BIRD) and Scottish (EGPX) shall file through one of the named points BARKU, DEVBI, BESGA, NALAN, OSBON, PEMOS, RIXUN or SOSAR as appropriate.
  2. Flights routing between RATSU and GUNPA in either direction shall operate direct (DCT) between those points.
  3. Eastbound flights routing across the boundary between BIRD and Polaris (ENOR) shall file their route via one of the following waypoints: GUNPA, VALDI, ERSER, IPTON, BARUD or ISVIG.
  4. Flight Plans entering the Reykjavik CTA from the Edmonton CTA:
    a. At or north of 82N, a boundary position at 060W;
    b. south of 82N, one of the following waypoints: APSIN, BUDUM, DEXUN, ELNUS, PAMLA, SINVU, DOGGY, MODET, GELBO, DAPAK, MEDPA, INGUM, NADMA, ADSAM, BOPUT, CANEL, DARUB, IKNOG, EPMAN.
  5. Flights entering Gander Oceanic and then proceeding either through Montreal airspace and Edmonton airspace, or directly into Edmonton before entering Reykjavik Oceanic shall file as follows:
    a. Aircraft routing over 65N, at or east of 060W, shall file a waypoint at 65N;
    b. aircraft routing over 65N, west of 060W, shall file via named waypoint by the boundary between Edmonton and Reykjavik.

Requirements for Flight Plans departing/arriving at Keflavik or Reykjavik 

  1. Flights with Keflavík or Reykjavík as Departure point or Destination are not required to file their route via waypoints at 010W, if routing north of RATSU (61N010W).
  2. Flights departing Keflavik and Reykjavik shall not file their route via G3 unless short-range equipped only.
  3. Flights departing Keflavik shall not file their route between 63N and 64N at 10W. 

Note - Pilots with questions or concerns can contact Reykjavík Flight Planning at +354-424-4141.

Questions specific to departing or arriving Keflavík (BIKF) can be directed to Keflavík tower at +354 425 6062. 

Questions specific to departing or arriving Reykjavík (BIRK) can be directed to Reykjavík tower at +354 424 4214.

If routed over Europe, contact IFPS - Brussels at +32-2745-1950 with any questions or concerns.