Atlantic Airways has been around since 1987 and was initially set up in conjunction between the government of the Faroe Islands and Cimber Air, a Danish Airline. Prior to its foundation, Maersk Air, a Danish airline, served the Faroe Islands. It is the Faroe Islands' national carrier and has its headquarters located in Sorvagur. It currently operates out of Vagar Airport, which was built by the British Army during the Second World War. It owns a fleet of 3 planes, all of which are from the European manufacturer Airbus, plus 2 helicopters.
The airline flies to a number of European destinations in Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Spain and the United Kingdom, including Copenhagen, Barcelona and Edinburgh. It also operates domestic helicopter services between the different towns of the Faroe Islands, as well as search and rescue operations around the islands. It does not have any codeshare agreements and is not a member of any airline alliance.
Online and mobile check-in both open 22 hours prior to the departure of Atlantic Airways flights. After checking in online, passengers can either print out a paper copy of their boarding card or download a mobile version to their phone. These services are not available for flights leaving Barcelona or Mallorca.
Another option is to check in at the company's airport check-in counters or self-service kiosks, in which case the airline recommends that passengers check in 2 hours ahead of their flight's departure. There are no self-service kiosks at Reykjavik, Barcelona, Mallorca or Edinburgh. To check-in passengers need their booking reference number and a valid travel document such as a passport.
Both Economy and Business class passengers are allowed to take 1 item of hand luggage on board their Atlantic Airways flight. The maximum weight for this is 8 kg, while its dimensions are limited to 55 x 40 x 25 cm in size. This is to ensure that it can be carried in the available storage spaces under the seat, in front of the passenger or in the storage lockers overhead. Passengers will be required to check in their hand luggage if it is deemed either too big or too heavy. This may also result in them having to pay an extra charge.
Passengers with an Economy class ticket can check in up to 20 kg of luggage on their Atlantic Airways flight, while passengers with a Business class ticket can check in up to 30 kg of luggage. Passengers who are travelling with a young child under 2 years of age can also take an extra 10 kg of luggage for the child's items plus a stroller on their flight. Passengers will be charged for every kilo that they exceed the maximum weight stipulations. Passengers can also check in bicycles and musical instruments but will be charged if this exceeds their weight allowance.