Vágar Airport

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Vagar airport is situated close to Sørvágur and Vatnsoyrar on Vágar Island.

Vágar Airport (Faroese: Vága Floghavn, Danish: Vágar Lufthavn) (IATA: FAE, ICAO: EKVG) is the only airport in the Faroe Islands, a self-governing territory of the Kingdom of Denmark, and is located 1 NM (1.9 km; 1.2 mi) east of Sørvágur. Due to the Faroe Islands’ exceptional status, the airport is not fully subject to the rules of the European Union. It is the main operating base for Faroese national airline Atlantic Airways and, for a brief period during 2006, was also the base for the low cost airline FaroeJet.

History

Faroe Airways Douglas DC-3
The airport was built by British Royal Engineers during World War II on the island of Vágar. The site was chosen mainly because it was hard to see from the surrounding waters and any potential German warship. The first aeroplane landed here in Autumn 1942.

After the war the airfield was abandoned and left unused until 1963 when it was reopened as a civilian airport at the initiative of two Sørvágur residents, Hugo Fjørðoy and Lars Larsen. The two worked with the Icelandic airline Icelandair, which began the scheduled flights to Bergen, Copenhagen and Glasgow using a Douglas DC-3 aircraft. In 1964 a separate airline, Faroe Airways, operated flights, first using chartered aircraft but in 1965 they bought a DC-3 from the Swedish airline Linjeflyg. The company ceased operating on 28 September 1967. Until 2004 Maersk Air operated some flights to the airport along with Atlantic Airways.

Until 2002 travel from the airport to most locations in the Faroe Islands including the capital Tórshavn required a car ferry, but in 2002 a road tunnel was opened giving direct road access.

The runway was extended from 1,250 metres (4,100 ft) to 1,799 metres (5,902 ft) in 2011, allowing more plane types to be used, and further-away destinations to be introduced. Construction work started in May 2010, and on 3 December 2011, the extended runway was opened and put into use for the first time.Previously only short take-off and landing (STOL) aircraft such as the BAe 146 could use the airport, and then the most distant destination was Copenhagen, 1300 km. The Airbus A319 of Atlantic Airways is able to utilise the extended runway, and services of the type with Atlantic Airways began in March 2012.Tourist summer flights to Barcelona and Milan were introduced. However, in 2014 they decided to stop with the rutes to Milan and to London, in stead they chose to fly to Aberdeen and to Mallorca.

Today
A tolled tunnel opened in 2002 connecting Vágar to the neighbouring island of Streymoy, where the Faroese capital Tórshavn is located.

The airport is currently managed by the Danish Transport Authority although the ownership of the airport was handed over to the Faroese government in May 2007.

A number of domestic Faroese destinations can be reached from Vágar by the Atlantic Airways helicopter service. International destinations include Copenhagen, Aalborg and Billund in Denmark, Reykjavík in Iceland, Aberdeen and London in the United Kingdom, Narsarsuaq in Greenland, Oslo and Stavanger in Norway and Barcelona in Spain.

A new terminal opened 17 June 2014 with increased passenger capacity.

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