Record Passenger Numbers for Faroe Islands Airport

vagar airport 2013 (2)Figures released on June 5 show that May 2013 was the busiest May in the history of the Faroe Islands Airport.  A total of 20,431 passengers used the airport in May, up 7.6% on May 2012, while in the first five months of the year 81,326 passengers were handled, 8.7% or 6,527 passengers more than in the same period last year.  July is usually the airport’s busiest month.  Compared to the same period ten years ago in 2003, the airport has seen a remarkable growth of 35% per cent.
In December 2011, the airport’s runway was extended from 4,101ft (1,250m)  to 6,486 ft (1,977m).   By August 2012, new navigational instruments had also been fitted thereby establishing Vagar as a CAT 1 airport.
The construction of the airport’s new terminal is on schedule and is expected to be finished by May 2014.
“The 2013 figures are looking very positive and the introduction of their Airbus 319 number two, Atlantic Airways is leading the way for a potential record-breaking 2013 in terms of passenger-figures” said Jákup Sverri Kass, CEO at Vagar Airport.
“Faroese unemployment is down, people are travelling more and we have more inbound business and leisure traffic from mainly Europe.  Travel tax will be dramatically reduced in October 2013 and Visit Faroe Islands has been given a double up on marketing-funds from the Faroese Government,” he added.
Today Atlantic Airways is the only carrier that serves regular traffic to and from the Faroe Islands.  “We have had direct and indirect enquiries from other European airlines the past year; but so far this has not materialised to a proposed seasonal route or whole year service to and from the Faroe Islands.  We are open to all opportunities that might come, so let’s see what happens”, says the CEO.