Once offshore flights had begun and the company secured work, it took over a barracks and three hangars in 1966 at an old Second World War airfield established by the occupying Germans.
This facility was refurbished. However, a decision in the mid-1970s to build a motorway between Sandnes and Stavanger meant part of the site had to be relinquished, and Helikopter Service acquired land north of the old base on 1 July 1975.
The new terminal was ready in 1978. But the heliport was controversial, with problems caused by noise, complaints from neighbours and disagreements with air traffic control at Sola.
A move was approved, but implementing this took time and it was not until 7 March 1989 that transport minister William Engseth could officially open the new facility at the airport.Statoil brings Tommeliten on streamBreakwater in place