Vagar Airport on the Faroe Islands has set a new record with 250.287 passengers in 2014. Passenger-figures rose by a total of 6% last year.
Since the runway at Vagar Airport was extended from 1,250 meters to 1,799 meters in 2011 and new navigational instruments were fitted both traffic – and regularity -figures have increased dramatically. With a passenger-growth of 6% and a regularity-percentage of 99.3%, the airport says the stage is set for more records on the Faroe Islands.
The only airline that is flying regularly to and from the Faroe Islands is Atlantic Airways. They are currently using three Airbus A319s to serve their destinations to and from the Faroe Islands. Apart from Atlantic Airways, Vagar Airport handled 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.
Furthermore a new terminal and service buildings were inaugurated in June 2014, offering a considerable better comfort to passengers.
“Not being a part of the European Union, tax-free revenue is a very important part of the revenue base of the airport”, says Jákup Sverri Kass, CEO of Vagar Airport.
“We strongly believe that the unexplored marked 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,” says Mr Kass.
Back in 2012, the government of the Faroe Islands doubled the marketing-funds of Visit Faroe Islands and they lowered government-tax on tickets. This, together with the fact that the Faroese economy is strong and demand for both leisure and business travel is on the increase, means Vagar Airport expects the growth in passenger-figures to continue.