If you are flying domestically in Greenland you are guaranteed to fly with Air Greenland – it is the only airline in the country, after all. And even if you are flying internationally, you still are highly like to fly with Air Greenland, for example on the Kangerlussuaq-Copenhagen route (76-79% of travellers do).
One of the realities about travel in Greenland is that air traffic does not exactly run like clockwork. Everything from low visibility, crosswinds, icing conditions and technical problems – at the start destination, end destination or alternative landing destination – can cause delays or cancellations. Let’s just say that having wiggle room and flexibility in your travel schedule is highly suggested; not to mention travel insurance. If a delay or cancellation happens before the check-in time (1 hour before departure), the airline aims to give notifications via SMS and email, but it is not always fool-proof. I have experienced on several occasions to have never received a notification.
Therefore, here is a very useful tool to have in your pocket so you can keep track of your own destiny – the Air Greenland Schedule.
On Air Greenland’s website (mobile version, too), they publish the real-time statuses of every airplane and helicopter flight for the day, as well as the schedule for the following day. This means that as early as the day before, you can check the status of your flight. In some cases (such as imminent weather) a flight can be cancelled the day before, but usually it will be on the same day.
- Go to http://www.airgreenland.com/schedule.
- Select your departure town from the drop-down menu.
- Scroll down to departures and find your flight number in the list. For example, back in March I was booked on GL 401 from Nuuk to Narsarsuaq. Check-in is one hour before the flight time, which meant 0720 for my flight. If it was delayed, I certainly didn’t want to sit in the airport unnecessarily so early in the morning!
- Click on the blue flight number for additional information about the Status, in particular whether the flight is on time (no notation), delayed or cancelled. In my case in March, the flight was on time! But today, for example, the flight GL 415 from Nuuk to Narsarsuaq was cancelled, so it looked like the second photo. And sometimes the status will say “Next Info” meaning the Air Greenland and/or Mittarfeqarfiit (Airport Authority) staff are waiting a bit before taking a decision whether to delay or cancel.