Circling 17/VOR 35
Glidepath VOR 35 3.4 degrees
Rough runway surface, terrain & turbulence.
Kerkira airport is on the eastern side of the island of Corfu. The island is mountainous with few obstruction lights, although there are some in the airport vicinity. Entry into Albanian airspace to the NE of CFU is no longer prohibited but should be avoided.
Only non-precision approaches available, all with high MDAs. The Lctr A circling procedure has the lowest minima. Straight-in or circle-to-land minima available for RWY 35 landing. Only circle-to-land minima available for RWY 17 landing. Circling is restricted to east of the airfield only.
In marginal weather expect holding.
Obtaining a diversion clearance may be time-consuming.
S to SE winds can produce significant turbulence at lower levels.
Visual identification of the runway at night may be difficult due to limited approach and runway lighting.
In the absence of radar DME ranges from KRK or GAR may be required by ATC.
At night the lights of Corfu town and the airport beacons may become visible before the runway.
APPROACH AND LANDING
CAUTION: When the runway is wet, rubber deposits or pooled water in the rutted surface may decrease braking action especially in the touchdown zones at BOTH ends of the runway. Drainage in rutted areas is poor and standing water may remain for some time after precipitation ceases. Runway surface rough.
During periods of radar operation expect vectoring for one of several similarly named straight-in VOR/DME Rwy 35 procedures
Due to the offset approach, the runway lights are difficult to identify at night.
CIRCLE-TO-LAND RWY 35
RWY 35 is the preferred landing runway in calm wind conditions. Right-hand circuit only. Remain over the sea at all times on final approach to RWY 35.
Runway lights may be partially obscured by close-in high terrain during the circling manoeuvre.
There are hills to the left of final approach path, also Mouse Island just to the right, only 2500 ft. from the threshold. Note other obstructions to the left and right approaching the runway threshold.
CIRCLE-TO-LAND RWY 17
RWY 17 is left-hand circuit only. Do not extend the downwind leg due to high terrain to the north. There are few visual cues available until turning onto base leg. Exercise caution on final approach due to obstructions between 1 nm and touchdown. Significantly displaced threshold restricts landing distance available.
TAKE-OFF AND DEPARTURE
RWY 17 is the preferred runway for take-off in calm wind conditions. Rough and undulating runway surface may cause pitching during the take-off run.
RWY 35 – This video starts while inbound to the GAR VOR in order to execute a VOR “V” approach to RWY 35. Note the high ground while turning finals.
RWY 35 with text commentary – Same video as above but pointing out the terrain features with text commentary.