Atlantic Airways

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In 1941 the British army officer Leo Maxton searched by plane the Faroe Islands for the most suitable place to build an airport. This was during World War II and the British needed an airport in the North Atlantic. Maxton came to the conclusion that the most suitable place to build the airport was in Vágar and his advice was followed.

The first plane landed at this airport in the autumn of 1942. After the war, when the British army had left Vágar, air traffic decreased to almost nothing.

Discussion about establishing an airline company began in the 1980s. Passenger numbers were steadily increasing and there was no competition on this route. There was only the one airline that had regular flights to the Faroes.

In 1995 Atlantic Airways took the first step towards establishing regular flights to the neighbouring country, Iceland, and started to fly in co-operation with Icelandair.

In the summer Atlantic Airways also flies on behalf of Icelandair to Narsarsuaq in Greenland. Thus the connection to Greenland has also been improved.

Since 1997 Atlantic Airways has also been flying to Aarhus and Billund in Denmark.

Initially, the helicopter department was part of Strandfaraskip Landsins but as times changed it was considered best to put all Faroese aviation in one company. So this led, in the spring of 1994, to the helicopter department becoming part of Atlantic Airways.

Atlantic Helicopters now has 3 helicopters, One Bell 212 mainly to serve the schedule flights to the isolated islands, and for chartered operations. One Bell 412 specialy equipped for search and rescue in faroese territory, and one more Bell 412 primarily intended for offshore operations abroad.


Atlantic Airways Ltd.
Vagar Airport
FO-380 Sørvágur, Faroe Islands
Faroe Islands

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