Bjarni Jonsson inspected the conditions for an airport at Bakki in
1978 and the landowner, Jon Einarsson, farmer at Bakki and later
supervisor of the airport, rendered assistance. They both came
to the conclusion, that a part of the potato fields was the best
location and decided to sow grass there at their own expense. It
was an excellent landing strip and was used for years on end. In
1990, the Civil Aviation Administration took over the operation and
the runways were lengthened. The flight between the Heimaey
island and the mainland takes 7 minutes and many of the islanders own
and keep their cars in garages or outdoors near the airport.
Flight to/from Bakki airport to Westman islands only upon request.