Since its runway was extended and new instrumentation fitted in 2011, the Faroe Islands’ Vagar Airport (IATA: FAE) has slowly been adding to its number of local and international operators. On September 5,6 and 7, the central European low-cost carrier Wizz Air became the latest ‘new’ airline to operate from the islands which are an archipelago between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. Wizz Air sent Airbus A320-232s with winglets on ad-hoc charters. The move sees them replace Lufthansa as the most recent debutant after the German flag carrier sent one of its fleet of Airbus A320neos on a test flight on June 30.
This August Vagar Airport achieved 5.7% growth compared with that of 2015. In the first eight calendar months of the year FAE handled 208,642 passengers, representing 6.1% growth so far this year.
Airport CEO Jákup Sverri Kass, told Airports International, that he expects Vagar to accommodate approximately 290,000 passengers in 2016. The airport is investing in expanding its aircraft parking areas, which are expected to be complete by September of 2017, and Mr Kass added: “We want to improve facilities for [flag carrier] Atlantic Airways and also open up the airport to all conventional European operators. If Faroese tourism is to take off and the price of tickets to go down, we need direct or indirect completion, on the routes to the Faroe Islands.”