12-06-2012 | Still only one airline servicing the Faroe Islands
Although several foreign airlines have expressed interest in serving the Faroe Islands, the Faroese airline Atlantic Airways will remain the sole service provider this summer.
Vagar Airport, which has just had its runway extended by 1,800 metres, has received significantly more interest from other airlines than it has previously. According to Jákup Sverri Kass, Director of the airport, the increased interest is due to the elongated runway, which enables larger aircraft to land at the airport.
Nevertheless, there has been no official announcement of any new airline planning to establish passenger routes to the Faroe Islands. The Director does not want to reveal which airlines have expressed interest in Vagar Airport, but it is widely known that the Norwegian budget airline, Norwegian, is among the foreign airlines with which the airport management has negotiated.
For now, the Faroese airline company, Atlantic Airways, will remain the only airline to service passenger routes between the Faroe Islands and the rest of the world this summer.
The extension of the airport runway has significantly improved the opportunities for larger aircraft to serve routes between the Faroe Islands and other countries.
Until this Spring, Atlantic Airways only possessed British Aerospace aircraft with a capacity of 95 passengers. A few months ago, the airline bought a brand new Airbus 319 which can carry 144 passengers.
The new Airbus can also stay airborne much longer than the smaller planes, enabling Atlantic Airways to try out new routes such as Vagar-Barcelona this summer and Copenhagen-Naples in the Autumn.
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