The Vardo Airport is a short take-off and landing airport located at Svartnes in Vardo, a municipality in Finnmark County, Norway. It is owned and operated by the government company Avinor, who handles most civil airports in Norway. It is situated some four kilometers from Vardoya and the town center of Vardo. The airport was originally built by the German Luftwaffe in 1943, where it served as home to fighter aircraft that protect German convoys. The airport itself was abandoned a year later, but was reopened by the Norwegian Armed Forces for military passenger flights. Plans to start civilian operations were launched between the 1960s and the 1970s, until the airport started handling irregular flights through Norving. By 1991, Wideroe, another commercial service provider, took over the flights from the airport in 1991.
Located in the northern part of the country, the airport serves non-stop flights to Vadso, along with regular flights to Batsfjord, Kirkenes, Berlevag, Hammerfest, and Hasvik. There is also a connecting flight to Tromso, via Batsfjord or Vadso. Aircraft that serve the airport include a 39-seat Dash 8-100, while all routes are operated on public service obligation with the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
The airport has a single terminal building that has an integrated control tower. The terminal is built from two simple barracks, with one being used as a passenger terminal and the other used as the tower. The terminal can handle thirty passengers per hour, and has an attached taxi stop for the convenience of the passengers.
Services and Facilities
The Vardo Airport has limited but functional facilities, albeit being a short take-off and landing airport. It has a functional terminal building with a passenger arrival and departures hall and an integrated control tower, along with a taxi stop for use of the passengers. It also has a small parking area more for “hop-on, hop-off” drop-offs, and an asphalt runway that measures 3,757 feet. Services meanwhile include operational security, but that's about it.
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