Faroes airport confirms eclipse magic factor

Continued success for Vagar Airport this year
After January and February saw about the same number of people using the Faroes’ Vagar Airport as in 2014, March brought a surge of 47%, or 7160 more travellers, than in March 2014. This gives an overall growth rate of 16.4% (to 50,821 passengers) for the first three months of 2015.
The islands’ first total solar eclipse in more than 60 years took place on March 20. For the airport it was the ultimate dress rehearsal for a new terminal, new runway and new navigation instruments. A number of aircraft types and operators that had not previously tried the new conditions arrived at around the same time.
Atlantic Airways put in additional rotations with their A319s to meet the strong demand for travel to the Faroes. Also the British charter airline Titan Airways flew in with a Boeing 737-500 and DAT with an MD-83, as well as smaller planes including several Falcon 2000 Challenger, Embraer and other aircraft.
“The massive traffic around March 20 put great demands on our approach to the planning and execution of traffic. We were able to settle all the traffic without delays. Immediate feedback shows that travellers believe they had a positive experience in and around the airport,” said Jákup Sverri Kass, the airport’s director.
Vagar Airport recently announced that it was reducing passenger charges by 12%. It has also allocated around DKK 20 million (€2.68 million) to improve the car park and work even more to improve punctuality.
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[photo courtesy Vagar Airport]