Faroe Islands airport looking to set yet another passenger - record
FIGURES released by Vagar Airport on the Faroe Islands today, reveal there is an increase of some 10,5 per cent the first quarter of 2016. This means that some 56.138 passengers have used Vagar Airport the first quarter of 2016 compared to some 50.821 passengers the quarter of 2015. In 2015, a total of 272.385 traveled through Vagar Airport.
As the price of tickets has gone down the last few years and the fees at Vagar Airport have been lowered, there is increase in the passenger figures. Passenger-figures at Vagar Airport have experienced a continuous upturn since 2011.
Vagar Airport had expected a fall in passenger-figures the first quarter of 2016, because the solar-eclipse of March 2015, gave Vagar Airport some 4000 extra passengers, but it has not happened.
“As the Faroese economy is strong and unemployment is low, there is big domestic demand for travel. Inbound demand and a rise in tourists and business-travel, is proving to me an excellent mix in order to continue growth”, says Jákup Sverri Kass, CEO of Vagar Airport.
Vagar Airport is continuing in investing in airport facilities and has recently bought two new firetrucks. This increases the airport preparedness from a CAT 6 airport to a CAT 7 airport. Other improvements are new measuring-tools, new communications-equipment in the tower etc.
The new Duty Free Store at Vagar Airport is a good source of revenue for the airport and allows the airport to lower fees and offer incentive-schemes to new routes. The aim is to be cheaper that competing airports and especially cheaper than Copenhagen. Copenhagen is the main caretaker of Faroese passengers as some 85 per cent of traffic is directed to and from Copenhagen Airport.