At a news-conference in Tórshavn on October 11, the Scandinavian carrier SAS announced that it will open a new daily route between Copenhagen and Vagar Airport (IATA: FAE), the gateway to the Faroe Islands.
Since 2006, the Faroese national carrier, Atlantic Airways, has been the only airline that has offered regular flights to and from the Faroe Islands. SAS’ daily flights using a mixture of Airbus A319s and A320s will begin in March 2017.
Vagar Airport CEO Jákup Sverri Kass, commented: “Atlantic Airways is doing a good job on the Faroese marked and is helping to develop tourism on the Faroe Islands, but it is no secret that Vagar Airport has been working on getting more operators onto the Faroese marked.
“SAS is a known brand on the Faroe Islands and they have an impressive route-net out of Copenhagen. This will benefit the local Faroese community and the will indeed boost demand from the tourism-industry.”
Since the runway at Vagar Airport was extended from 1,250 to 1,799 metres in 2011, Vagar Airport has experienced a steady growth in passenger-figures.
In 2011, 206,000 international passengers used Vagar Airport. By the end of 2016, it expects that some 290,000 international passengers will have travelled through it.