Vagar Airport (IATA: FAE) on the Faroe Islands has set a new record with 292,393 passengers in 2016. The figures represent a rise of 5.8% over those achieved in 2015.
Currently, Atlantic Airways is the only carrier that operates to and from the Faroe Islands on a regular basis. It is currently operating with two Airbus A319s and has just introduced a new A320 to serve its destinations to and from the Faroe Islands. In addition to Atlantic Airways’ operations, Vagar Airport handled a record number of ad-hoc charters in 2016, including the likes of Lufthansa and Wizzair flights.
The airport’s CEO, Jákup Sverri Kass, said 2017 will bring new and exciting challenges as two new airlines will enter the Faroese market this year.
SAS has announced that they will be starting a daily service from Copenhagen to the Faroe Islands from March 26, 2017.
Also, Loganair, a franchise partner of Flybe, has announced that it will start a seasonal service from Aberdeen to the Faroe Islands from late May till early September 2017.
Mr Kass added: “Faroese tourism has undergone a remarkable transformation since the funding of Visit Faroe Islands was doubled in 2012. The tourism-sector has been professionalised and the tourist-experience greatly improved. The combination of growing domestic demand, a healthy economy and the growth of tourism lays the ground for the growth of our passenger-figures.”