Atlantsflug begins regular flights tomorrow between the Vestmannaeyjar islands and Bakki Airport in South Iceland.
“We have began flying on May 1 over the last three years, but now there is increased pressure. There are many tourists in South Iceland who want to visit the islands,” Atlantsflug CEO Jón Grétar Sigurðsson told RÚV.
He says that the plan is to make three round trips per day at regular times—though not timetabled. “The oystercatcher and the golden plover have arrived and us too, following the harbingers of spring!”
Atlantsflug has flown with passengers for 12 years, including from Skaftafell and Skógasandur. The company has three planes, two of which can take nine passengers each and one that takes six.
Jón Grétar emphasizes that the company is not offering scheduled flights, but rather it offers people the chance to buy tickets on charter flights: “We aim to fly the planes nearly full and are not bound to a timetable, though we have goals.” The subtle difference is because Eagle Air provides scheduled flights between the islands and Reykjavík and “does so very well,” according to Jón Grétar. “We are first and foremost for tourists, though islanders are of course very welcome too if it suits them to fly with us.”
The flight between the Westman Islands and Bakki are among the shortest in the world, taking less than ten minutes. Bakki is near Landeyjahöfn harbor at the nearest point between the islands and the Icelandic mainland.