The airport in the North Iceland village of Siglufjörður has reopened after a four-year closure, RÚV reports. Gunnar Birgisson, mayor of Fjallabyggð municipality which Siglufjörður is a part of, says that while the airport may indeed support tourism, its primary purpose in the municipality is to ease access to medical services. “...[I]t gives the residents a sense of security to have the airport open.”
For the time being, the airport will not be serviced by regularly scheduled flights. “...Siglufjörður has now been recognized as a landing site where people can land at their own risk. We’ve marked the landing strip and all that, but we don’t have any signal, airport management, or anything like that.”
As there’s no control tower at the airport, people intending to land in Siglufjörður will need to contact Gunnar or the town engineer to confirm it is safe to land.