The Faroe Islands consist of 18 islands. If this new airport island materializes the Faroe Islands will become a 19 island archipelago. This amazing, massive and most visionary project in Faroese history may become the project, which decisively connects the Faroe Islands to the rest of the world. The Airport Island on Tangafjord!
The project of making an underwater tunnel between the islands of Streymoy and Eysturoy (the two main islands in the Faroes) began in 2006. During these last eight years people with special relevant knowledge have now and again discussed the layout under the sea floor between the islands.
Jóannes Petersen, the architect, also had his thoughts about the layout. One layout in particular stuck with him, and that was the one that goes under “Flesjarnar” (The Skerries) in Tangafjord, which lie between the two main islands. He got this idea that the tunnel should surface at a ‘created’ island on Flesjarnar before continuing to the destined island.
Jóannes Petersen got in touch with all the relevant branches of service to co-operate with him on this Airport Island project. On this 19th island the plan is to build an airport with a cross runway in the shape of a slanted X, which is made up of two runways respectively 3.3 and 2.5 kilometres in length.
Jóannes Petersen got the experienced airline pilot, Rúni Højgaard, to assess the project.
Rúni Højgaard believes that the new airport will be able to achieve as good as 100% flight regularity. The direction of the runway is well suited for the Faroese weather conditions. Also the distance from the airfield to the nearby mountains is favourable, which makes the risk of turbulence all but non-existent. With current technology it will also be possible to land in foggy weather.
Jóannes Petersen works with a team he has formed consisting of Albert Isfeld & Gudmund Hansen, architects; Rúni Højgaard, pilot; Rói Højgaard, FDS simulator; Preben Hansen, engineer and Sonne Smith, journalist.
Realistic or not
“Is this realistic?” is probably the main question concerning this colossal project.
The project is estimated to cost 5.6 billion DKK in all, and construction will be conducted in 3 stages. Construction proceedings will be as follows:
The underwater tunnel, “Eysturoyartunnilin”, will provide the arrival for the airport. Passage ways for cars and a parking lot shall be underneath the terminal.
The Airport Island shall be installed with the technology and equipment of modern international airports, concerning passenger service as well as cargo service.
At the west side of the airport, which is sheltered from the sea waves, the harbour will include a transit port, a container port and supplies for the oil business with the possible status of a free port.
The fishing industry will also be able to benefit greatly, as this airport island will make it possible to transship the commodities from fishing ships and factories directly onto aeroplanes, and thus as freshly as possible get the fish products to faraway markets such as Japan, China, Australia and the Americas.
At the harbour buildings could be made for e.g. storage, offices, services and hotels ready to accommodate the needs of e.g. the oil business. The trade and service possibilities are endless.
The Harbour will be extended with pontoon bridges or floating bridges, which will be connected with the airfield in units and fastened to the seabed with steel palisade or columns.
The specialists, who are in the team working on this project, have decided to fill the site with stones. The large stones can be taken from the mountains by making tunnels. Stone material can also be taken from the mountain grounds.
If stones are taken from the grounds it is crucial that this is done in a sound manner. It must also be conducted in accordance with the natural conservation authorities as well as in harmony with town planning.
Last but not least
In this proposal emphasis has been put on how the Airport Island corresponds with the surrounding maritime landscape. Also the Island must not get in conflict with the various nearby coastlines and landscapes. The natural surroundings and the man-made island must come together in functional and aesthetical harmony.
This is a project that not only connects two islands in the Faroes, but it connects the entire world with the Faroe Islands.