Vagar Airport, the international gateway to the Faroe Islands, has received its first visit from an Airbus A320neo. Lufthansa introduced the new aircraft-type to the Faroe Islands on June 30 when the A320neo arrived at Vagar (IATA: FAE) as part of a series of test flights. The aircraft – the third A320neo to be delivered to Lufthansa – stayed for approximately 20 minutes.
In 2011 Vagar’s single runway was extended from 4,100ft (1,250m) to 5,902ft (1,799m) to enable larger aircraft types to serve the Nordic destination. Since that time the airport has set record passenger figures on several occasions.
The most recent statistics, released on July 5, reveal an increase of some 6.5% in the first six months of 2016. This means 131,750 passengers have used Vagar Airport so far this year, compared to the 123,688 passengers the first six months in 2015.
So far in 2016, there has been an increase in passenger-figures every month driven, the airport says, by growing demand from the domestic and tourism markets.
Vagar CEO, Jákup Sverri Kass, commented: “We look forward to welcoming more airlines and operators to have a closer look at Vagar Airport and the Faroe Islands as possible destination for charter-series or scheduled flights. We are expecting some ad hoc charter-flights in 2016, but are willing to go into further dialogue with an airline or operator that would like to have a closer look at this high-yield marked.”