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Faroese airline’s New York route likely in 2019

Atlantic Airways has applied to US authorities to launch flights to NYC from 2019, opening up a whole new market.

The Faroes-based carrier Atlantic Airways has applied to US aviation regulators to allow it to make scheduled and charter flights between the self-governing archipelago and the United States, the travel site One Mile at a Time reports.

The airline plans to use an A320neo aircraft in a 180-seat configuration for the flights, with an initial seasonal service between the islands’ Vagar Airport and the New York City area starting late next summer.

If it goes ahead, it would open up a new market for travellers in both the US and the Faroes, as no carrier operates scheduled services between the two.

However, the government of Denmark, the country to which the islands belong, is also expected to authorise similar services for a US carrier under the Open Skies Agreement, the site Aviator reports.

Atlantic Airways will have two A320neo aircraft on lease from the US-based lessor Air Lease, with delivery scheduled in March 2019 and April 2020.

Bucket list
The Faroe Islands, which are currently not as overrun with tourists as nearby Iceland, are on the bucket list for many Americans, so the flights will no doubt be popular.

Atlantic Airways operates a number of seasonal routes, as well as year-round flights to Bergen, Billund, Copenhagen and Reykjavik.

But the only way to get there from the United States via a single itinerary is by flying on a pricey combination of Star Alliance carriers, such as United and SAS, with a stopover in Copenhagen. Flights are limited, especially from secondary US cities, The Point Guy reports.

Only three carriers serve the Faroe Islands – Scandinavian Airlines, which says it will increase frequencies there next summer, Atlantic Airways and Atlantic Airways Helicopter. Right now, Atlantic Airways operates a fleet of just three planes – two A319s and one A320.

There had initially been rumours  earlier this year that Atlantic Airways was considering flights to New York, but it was not clear if the carrier would follow through, until now.

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