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Faroe airport sets new passenger record

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More than 250,000 passengers were seen in 2014

Vagar Airport on the Faroe Islands has set a new record with more than 250,000 passengers in 2014. Passenger figures rose by 6%, with a regularity percentage of 99.3%.

Since the airport’s runway was extended from 1,250 meters to 1,799 meters in 2011 and new navigational instruments were fitted, traffic and regularity figures have increased dramatically. Exactly 250,287 passengers were seen in 2014.

The only airline that is flying regularly to and from the Faroe Islands is Atlantic Airways. It is currently using three A319s to serve its destinations to and from the Faroes. Apart from Atlantic, Vagar Airport has seen a record number of ad-hoc charters in 2014, including B737-700s, A320s and other smaller regional jets and turboprops from a number of European operators.

A new terminal and service buildings were inaugurated in June 2014, offering “considerably better comfort to passengers,” the airport says.

“Not being a part of the European Union, tax-free revenue is a very important part of the revenue base of the airport”, said Jákup Sverri Kass, CEO of Vagar Airport.

Vagar Airport says it is very satisfied that Atlantic Airways has announced a new strategy that includes a higher frequency on some destinations and a few more destinations. It is a shame that a few routes have been cancelled, the airport says, but Vagar hopes to attract new operators to the cancelled routes.

Jákup Sverri Kass: “We strongly believe that the unexplored market of the Faroe Islands has big potential both when it comes to leisure and business traffic and we hope that we will be able to attract a few European operators to include the Faroe Islands in their route development plans for 2015 and onward.

TTG Nordic

[photo courtesy Vagar Airport]

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