The opening of a new terminal at Vágar Airport marked by a special stamp issue

February 8th, 2015 is glad to inform that Faroe Islands Post is ready to release a set of two stamps marking the opening of a new terminal at Vágar Airport. The stamps have been already designed and are to be put into circulation on the 23d of February.

On June 18, 2014, the new terminal at Vágar Airport opened. A modern monument in steel and glass, adapted to the special Faroese topography. According to the architects behind the project, it is the story of the airport, which has inspired the design of the building. The large arched roofs are a tribute to the military barracks of the British troops, who built the airport during World War II. The large open glass panels towards the runway create the impression of travel and wide open spaces.

The terminal building consists basically of two sections. An outer hall where outgoing passengers arrive at the airport ‒ and a major closed arrival ‒ and departure hall behind the check-in and security desks. In contrast to the old terminal, which had a fairly limited duty-free area, the new arrival ‒ and departure section is spacious and open, with duty-free shops and café for the travelers.

The new terminal is the second project in the expansion, which started in 2007, when the Faroese authorities took over the airport from the Danish Civil Aviation Administration. The first project was to extend the then 1,250 m long runway to 1,800 meters ‒ and to install a modern ILS inflight system, so airplanes could land in all kinds of weather.

The extension of the runway was finished in 2011 and has made a significant increase of the capacity of the airport, which can now accommodate larger aircrafts and provide improved punctuality and safety.