Vagar Airport on the Faroe Islands set a new record of 236,181 passengers in 2013.. Passenger numbers rose by a total of 4.7% year on year.
Over the last ten years traffic to and from Vagar Airport has increased by some 42%. The main destination is Denmark, followed by Norway, Iceland and the UK.
After the current runway was extended from 4,101ft (1,250m) to 5,902ft (1,799m) in December 2011, the number of different aircraft types and using Vagar Airport has steadily increased. Currently, Atlantic Airways is the only airline, which on a regular basis connects the Faroe Islands and Europe. Atlantic Airways now has three Airbus 319 and one BAe 146.
Another record-breaker for Vagar was the arrival of a chartered Airbus 320 from Austrian Airlines, which now holds the record of being the biggest aircraft to operate from the Airport.
An article about the recent and future development of Vagar and the wider Faroe Islands aviation scene was published in the November 2013 edition of Airports International magazine and this May, Vagar Airport is set to open a new passenger terminal.
“It is very important for the airport that the terminal with new taxfree-facilities and new restaurants will be ready for the 2014 summer-season. As the Faroe Islands not part of the European Union, tax-free revenue is a very lucrative part of the revenue-base of the airport”, says Jákup Sverri Kass, CEO of Vagar Airport.
He added that Vagar Airport is glad that Atlantic Airways has managed to increase their range of destinations and numbers of passengers explaining that commercially, the airport is ready and able to assist any operator to increase the number of destinations to and from the Faroe Islands.
“The airport is always ready to discuss all possibilities that can result in more traffic to and from the islands,” said Mr Kass, adding that the airport gave discounts on campaigns targeting slow periods and new routes.
He continued: “Representative from three European airlines have visited the Faroe Islands in 2013 and we are at all times very keen to facilitate and arrange whatever needed. All approaches by airlines and/or operators that are interested in developing traffic to and from the Faroe Islands, approaches will be handled professionally, discrete and fast.
“Vagar Airport meets 2014 with optimism. [The tourist office] Visit Faroe Islands has doubled its marketing-funds; the government has lowered fees on air-ticket, imports; cargo-volumes to and from the Faroe Islands are on the increase and the oil and gas production company, Statoil, has announced it will launch a Faroese-based project which will run for up to six months from April.”