Rovaniemi airport started operations in 1940. Having been destroyed during the war, reconstruction started and operations resumed in 1948. By the early 1980's, the airport had become home to Lapland Air Command's Fighter Squadron 11 and the runway extended to its current length. A new terminal building was completed in the year 2000.
The airport's scheduled traffic consists mostly of domestic flights, but in addition there are a number of charter flights (especially during the winter season), general aviation activity, Border Guard helicopters and naturally lots of military aircraft.
For all the necessary charts, see AIP Finland at https://ais.fi/ais/eaip/html/efro.htm
For FSX users there's an AFCAD file available that updates the ILS frequency for runway 21, aprons and taxiways. It can be found here: FSX AFCAD
For FS9 users there's a photorealistic scenery available. It is developed by FISD and in order for it to work you first need to download the following files:
If you already have an FISD scenery installed you can go straight to downloading the Rovaniemi scenery here: Rovaniemi scenery
There is a scenery also for FS2002 users, it can be found below. Note that to get the latest version you need to first install 2.0 and then install version 2.1.Scenery version 2.0
In the quite likely event of high traffic holdings will most likely be used to stream the traffic. There are very few enroute holdings published, and none of them are very useful for traffic to Rovaniemi.
If you are instructed for an enroute holding please pay very close attention to the holding details given to you, and if in doubt ask!
In the case you do not have time to hold (or do not have the fuel to do so) please inform ATC so we can send you to another airport where there's less traffic.
If instructed to descend in a hold be very careful with your cleared level as there will most likely be traffic both 1000 feet below and above.
Expect clearance into Rovaniemi via STAR for the active runway. If coming from Sweden you can expect a routing via MISMO and LEKRA for a LEKRA arrival route into Rovaniemi. If coming from the south you can expext a STAR from KEKOX into Rovaniemi.
The STARs into Rovaniemi require RNAV equipment, if you are not able to fly an RNAV STAR please inform ATC.
Initial approach will be done with star but ATC may turn you off the STAR at any time to stream the traffic flow.
Please pay attention to vectoring instructions and speed control as the spacing will be as tight as possible. If instructed to "leave" a point on a heading make sure you do not turn at present position since there might be other streams of traffic in the way.
If instructed to contact a position with callsign only please use just your callsign, all headings, levels, and speed restrictions will already be known to the new ATC.
If landing runway 21 please pay attention to any vacating instructions, if there are departing aircraft you need to vacate via B or A as vacating earlier will block the departing aircrafts taxiroute. The most efficent usage of runway 21 is when aircraft vacate via B so if able try to plan your decelleration to exit via B.
The ILS frequency for runway 21 has changed! In the standard sceneries for both FSX and FS9 the old ILS frequency of 109.10 is still active. In order to update to the new frequency of 111.70 you can download a scenery or appropriate AFCAD file from the links above. Note that for FS2002 there is no update available and you need to use 109.10 if landing on runway 21.
The standard go around procedure is to climb on runway heading to 2400 feet.
The west side of the airport is military, the civilian apron is on the east side of the runway. There are 13 stands available, there might be minor scenery displacments but stand 2-9 should be in almost the same location for all sceneries. If required parking will also take place on taxiway S.
Departures are advised that routings via LEKRA and KEKOX are not allowed since those points are used for arriving traffic. If departing please plan via an alternate waypoint.
Departure clearance will contain a standard clearance depending on runway and direction of flight.
You can expect clearance via a radar heading and inital climb of 4000 feet but as always pay attention since ATC may need to modifiy this to suit the traffic situation.
Please be careful when pushing back and taxiing, there will most likely be inbound traffic on the taxiways.
When reciving take-off clearance please be as quick as possible as inbound spacing is tight and if you miss your gap a new one has to be made for you which will take a few minutes.
Once airborne switch immediately approach on 129.9 (frequency given in clearance), tower will not make a handoff.
Also remember the inital climb is 4000 feet!