There are some new route requirements for eastbound departures from BIKF/Keflavik and BIRK/Reykjavik. Two new waypoints, PODAR and RAPAX are being introduced from Mar 29 onwards.

Below is the updated version of Iceland AIP ENR 1.8.4.1.3.7 which explains exactly how you should file your flight plans to/from both BIKF and BIRK, and the new routes are highlighted:

To make all this blurb easier to understand, the good folks at Isavia have published some handy graphic presentations of the requirements for eastbound departures from BIKF and BIRK:

If you follow the guidance and flight plan accordingly, you should avoid any nasty last-minute “FPL REJ” messages!

Further reading:

  • You can check the full Iceland AIP online here.
  • For a summary of all the NAT changes, including EGGX/Shanwick, CZQX/Gander, BIRD/Iceland, ENOB/Bodo, LPPO/Santa Maria, and KZWY/New York Oceanic East, click here.