Continued record-growth in passenger-figures on the Faroe Islands 01122015

Continued record-growth in passenger-figures on the Faroe Islands 01122015

With a staggering 17, 1 per cent growth in traffic figures in November, Vagar Airport on the Faroe Islands will have record traffic in 2015, expecting the total passenger-figure to be over 275,000 passengers in 2015.

For Vagar Airport, a safe and successful airport is pivotal. With the longer runway and new airport the facilities the foundations for a steady income and profit are considerably improved.

“In short, this gives us better opportunities to run a healthy business and attract new business,” CEO Jákup Sverri Kass says.

Overall passenger-growth

Growth in November was 17, 1 per cent, growing from 14,945 passengers in November to 17,496 passengers in November 2015.

All told some 259,996 passengers have passed through the terminal from January till November 2015. This is an increase of some 10,7 percent or 25,176 passengers, compared to 2014.

“The growth of the Faroese economy and lower taxes on wages has resulted in stronger demand from the domestic market. This together with more tourists and more business-travel has contributed to the growth in 2015,” said Jákup Sverri Kass, CEO at Vagar Airport.

Visit Faroe Islands and Atlantic Airways at the core of the growth

Since the budget for Visit Faroe Islands was doubled they have managed to increase awareness and strengthen the positioning of the Faroe Islands as a tourist-destination. The longer runway and new navigational instruments have enabled, Atlantic Airways to invest in A319´s and strengthen the foundation of their operations.

Today Atlantic Airways is the only airline using Vagar Airport for regular passenger routes. Atlantic Airways has destinations to neighboring countries and recently also to destinations in Southern Europe. But Jákup Sverri Kass’ says that 2015 has also seen a record number of ad hoc charters use the new airport facilities.