ESPA – Luleå/Kallax

About the airport

Luleå/Kallax is one of the few remaining air force bases in Sweden, and is home to the F 21 air wing. The civilian side of the airport is also relatively busy, with several airlines serving Stockholm/Arlanda on a daily basis. There is also scheduled traffic to, amongst other places, Tromsö in Norway (via Kiruna) and to Murmansk in Russia (via Rovaniemi, Finland).

At almost 3.4 kilometres, the runway at Kallax is the longest runway in Sweden. The airport is equipped with ILS for both runway directions.

Charts and AIP information

Charts and AIP information for Kallax is available here:

Addon scenery

There is a freeware addon scenery available, made by Swedflight .

IFR Arrivals

Inbound clearance and STAR

Expect inbound clearance via STAR for the active runway. Normally, conventional STARs are issued, but there are also RNAV STARs available. If you would like to fly an RNAV STAR, inform ATC.

It is the pilot's responsibility to adhere to minimum altitudes published in the STAR, even though ATC may clear an aircraft to a lower altitude.


There is no ATIS at Kallax, so Kallax Control will transmit weather information and advise runway in use and intended approach procedure to each aircraft.

If ATC advises "intention visual approach" the pilot is expected to report "field in sight" and will then be given approach clearance. If unable to accept visual approach, the pilot should inform ATC.


Military aprons and taxiways are south of the runway, so all civilian aircraft should vacate the runway to the north side, where the civil apron is located.

Jetways are provided at stand 3-5. Apron 10 is available for small GA aircraft.

IFR Departures


Approval for start-up is required for all turbine engine aircraft. ATC will give departure information (runway in use, wind, QNH, temperature, and, if applicable RVR and runway conditions) at the request for start-up.


ATC clearance is normally given when requesting start-up, but may also be given later, i.e. during taxi. Clearance will be given to the appropriate exit point, normally via SID. The initial altitude clearance for all SIDs is 5000 ft unless otherwise instructed by ATC.

Transponder code is given during taxi.

Parking stands and pushback

Pushback is required at stand 3-5 and must be approved by ATC.

Apron 10 is available for small GA aircraft.


ATC may instruct aircraft to line up via intersection. Advise ATC if full runway length is required.

Take-off and climbout

Switch frequency to Kallax Control when instructed by TWR.