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Located about 5 km of Longyearbyen, Longyearbyen Svalbard Airport (IATA : LYR, ICAO : ENSB) or Svalbard Lufthavn Longyear is the largest airport in Svalbard and is known to be the world’s most northern full service airport. It has a runway length of 2300 meters and a width of 45 meters. The runway surface is made of grooved asphalt.

The main problem constructing the airport was with the permafrost. The runway is insulated against the ground, so that it does not melt during summer.

To provide an approach and take off free of obstacle, preference for landing is given to runway 10 and for departure to runway 28. Instrument Landing System exist for both runways and are used daily.

Svalbard lufthavn Longyear has daily scheduled jet service to Tromso and Oslo by Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) and Braathens.
The flight from Oslo is 3 hours long and the flight from Tromsø is 1 hour and 30 minutes long. Theses flights to the Norwegian mainland is the string that ties the community of Longyearbyen to the rest of the world.

Chartered planes occasionally connect elsewhere in the islands as well, including bases up north like Barneo for starting treks to the North Pole. The airport has handled aircrafts like Mc Donnel-Douglas DC10, Lockheed L1011 and Airbus A300.

This airport is also unique as it supports the coastal radio and weather information services for the Svalbard archipelago.

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  Braathens Boeing B737   SAS Scandinavian Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-82   SAS Scandinavian Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-82   Business Jet - Aircrafts
Arriving at Longyearbyen Adventfjorden and Longyearbyen Airport Platå-berget and Longyearbyen Airport Adventfjorden and Longyearbyen Airport
Svalbard Longyear Airport Video - Landing at Longyearbyen Airport


 Longyearbyen Airport Maps

Longyearbyen and Airport Area [jpg]
Longyearbyen Airport - Landing approach Runway 10 - Runway 28

 Vnukovo Airlines Flight 2801

Vnukovo Airlines Flight 2801 was a chartered flight from the Russian company Vnukovo Airlines which on August 29, 1996 crashed 14 km away from Longyearbyen airport, into the Operafjellet mountain at an altitude of 907 m, killing all 141 people on board.
The flight was en route to Longyearbyen with Russian and Ukrainian coal mine workers and their families aboard.
The disaster had a profound impact of the small Russian mining communities Barentsburg and Pyramiden in Svalbard and may have hastened the abandonment of the Pyramiden settlement.

Vnukovo Airlines Flight 2801 on Wikipedia description of the crash

 ENSB - ILS and Localizer approach - ATC Services - AFIS - Information from Danur

 LYR - Arrivals and Departures - Information from Avinor

 Longyearbyen and Adventdalen

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