Akureyri Airport is located at about three Kilometers south of the town center in Iceland. It is one of the single runway international airports in Iceland. The airport is linked with most of the domestic locations in the country. However the only scheduled flight of international level is to Copenhagen operated by the Iceland Express service. Scheduled air travel to Akuryeyri commenced in 1928 with seaplanes to Reykjavik. However the construction of the present day airport started in early 1950. The new terminal came up in 1961 and was renovated in 2000. Fokker 50 introduced in 1992 is still used for the domestic flights as well as chartered flights to Greenland. Norlandair was founded in 2008 and it is serving the destinations in North-Eastern Iceland in cooperation with the Air Iceland and other flights to Greenland.
A two year runway renovation was completed in the summer of 2009. The runway stretched to 500 meters south and in the process the light systems and approach systems in the runway were improved. Now the needs of larger aircraft are better suited and the number of passengers is also growing in consonance with the better facilities. The airport also provides a safe alternate to the flights to Keflavik Airport that incidentally is the largest airport of Iceland.
The airport provides connections to Reykjavik, Grimsev, Popnafiorour, Porshofn, and seasonally to Copenhagen. It also provides facilities for charter and ambulance flights to Greenland. In fact in a major part of the year it is the only way of air communication with Greenland.