Reykjavik Airport Experiences Huge Overnight Snowfall

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The snowfall was so deep at Reykjavik Airport that its runways simply ‘disappeared’.  Here, Runway 31 is completely obscured by the deep blanket of snow. (Reykjavik Airport)

The snowfall was so deep at Reykjavik Airport that its runways simply ‘disappeared’. Here, Runway 31 is completely obscured by the deep blanket of snow. (Reykjavik Airport)


The city of Reykjavik, Iceland, experienced an exceptionally heavy snowfall during the night of February 25/26. The city‘s international airport, Keflavik (IATA: KEF), had ‘only’ about 8.5inches (22cm) of snow and suffered little disruption. However, the main hub for domestic flights, Reykjavik (IATA: RKV) in the city centre received more than 20inches (50cm) of snow that night. The snowfall represented the second highest ever recorded in the Icelandic capital, beaten only by a 21.5inch (55cm) snow event in January 1937.
The airport operator‘s press spokesman, Guðni Sigurðsson, explained: “When the airport services started their snow removal duties at between 3-4 am, they first had to use heat sensitive cameras to look for the runway lights and use shovels to remove snow from the lights by hand. When they had found the runways, they started working the ploughs.
“There were some delays to domestic flights because of this heavy snowfall but the airport services did an amazing job in clearing the runways.”
Due to the cancellation of some morning flights, Air Iceland leased a Boeing 757 from sister company Icelandair for domestic flight from between Akureyri (AEY) in the North and Reykjavik. The route is normally served by a Bombardier Dash-8 Q400.

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