The Kingdom ofDenmark has a self-governing archipelago called the Faroe Islands. The islands are in the North Atlantic Ocean.

About Atlantic Airways

Vgar is the home base of Atlantic Airways and it was there on March 28, 1988 that the airline's first landing took place.

The airline is owned by the government of the country of the same name. 330,000 passengers are transported to and from the remote islands each year by the carrier. All standards of a modern airline should be met by Atlantic Airways.

There are some pictures from my recent flight.

Departure from Runway 22R in Copenhagen, Atlantic Airways' main destination on the European continent.

There are 176 all economy class seats on the A320ceo and A320neo. You can purchase drinks and snacks on board.

This smrrebrd is a good example of a pre-order meal. The company that makes the chocolate is small in size.

It took one hour and 55 minutes for the plane to land. Near the Shettland Islands to the Faroe Islands was where the route fromDenmark went.

The Atlantic Airways A320neo will leave shortly for Billund inDenmark. Johanna Bergi says that the first priority is to fly to the Faroe Islands. The majority of Atlantic Airways business is done out of the country. Atlantic Airways can keep the fleet busy all year long.

In the summer season, Atlantic Airways flies up to four times a day to Copenhagen, with most of them fully booked.

When two A320s leave at the same time, it creates a busy atmosphere at the Vagar terminal.

Scheduled Helicopter Services

Atlantic Airways has two Leonardo AW130 helicopter which it uses for search and rescue missions as well as domestic services to the smaller islands. Some islands don't have ferry connections.

There aren't a lot of scheduled helicopter services around the world. Each day has a different route network for Atlantic Airways to choose from.

Atlantic Airways helicopter at the helipad at Tórshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands.
Atlantic Airways helicopter at the helipad at Tórshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands.

The majority of flights are full. Tourists as well as locals discover these services. The shortest flight is from Svinoy to Kirkja and the longest is from Trshavn to Skvoy.

The helicopter network has a place called Klaksvik. The pilot is in the barrack looking at the weather. Domestic flights are funded by the local government.

This is close to Kallur Lighthouse. Thousands of passengers travel by helicopter each year. There are eighteen islands in the archipelago. One helicopter can operate more than 20 legs.

Johanna A Bergi flies by helicopter. She knows that Atlantic Airways is facing the same issues as other carriers in Northern Europe because of the high cost of operations.

She says that they have a plan for bringing costs down. We are challenged to make money. She told me that they are a little organization. We arrived at the capital's heliport.

Atlantic Airways MRO Base at Vagar Airport

The MRO base at Vagar Airport is owned by around 20 people. The carrier is far away from other airports. Heavy checks will be done on the A319/320/320neo fleet.

The helicopter fleet is checked in Vagar. A helicopter simulation training center will be built near Vgar Airport. Atlantic Airways has a flight academy. In the first quarter of the year of 2024, the simulator will be operational.

stretchers will be installed in the rear cabin of the aircraft. There are boxes in which they are stored. The patients need to be transported from the Faroe Islands to Europe.

The picture above demonstrates all the documentation of Atlantic Airways' single Airbus A319, which is ten years old. 358 Kilograms of maintenance paperwork are mounted in ten years' time.

The aircraft is coming back from a lease contract and the MRO employees are looking at the documentation to make sure the maintenance has been done correctly. This documentation is going to be digitalized. The technical director is showing the documentation boxes. A lot of paper is produced per year.

Samal Danielsen is the director of flight operations. He shows the location of the islands. Bergen in Norway is one of the airports that could be used as an alternate airport.

“We have a very wide-ranging and strict pilot training. To become a captain, every first officer has to completed two winter seasons and must have 5.000 flight hours of experience“.

Samal Danielsen, Director of Flight Operations, Atlantic Airways

Atlantic Airways have 30 pilots. Vagar's runway is 30 meters wide and 1,999 meters long During the winter season, darkness and strong winds can cause flight disruptions.


Atlantic Airways is one of the airlines that provides a vital link from a remote place. They operate one A320ceo, two A320neo and one A319, which is planned to be sold or leased out. The interest of tourists in visiting the Faroe Islands is growing and next year there will be flights to New York. There are ten destinations in Europe this summer.

From my flight experience with them, here are some pros and cons.

There are pros and cons.

  • Modern fleet and friendly Crew
  • Highly experienced cockpit crew

There are pros and cons.

  • The challenging weather condition can lead to flight cancellations for several days
  • Vagar Airport can be too busy when two A320s depart at the same time