How are the end of summer holidays in the Faroe Islands her?
Well, Atlantic Airways, the Faroese flag carrier, is betting there’s enough demand to fill 168 seats to and from New York.
The airline has just filed plans over the weekend to begin service between New York Stewart International Airport (SWF) and Vágar Airport (FAE), the Faroe Islands’ only airport.
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The 3,024-mile service, which will operate seasonally once a week, will run from August 22 to October 4 – meaning there will be just 14 flights in each direction – as seen for the first time in Cirium timetables. The flights will be available for sale on May 15, and it is not yet known how much these flights will cost.
Atlantic Airways operates a small fleet of just three narrow-body Airbuses. The Airbus A320neo heading to New York is fitted with an all-economy configuration, which means there are no high-end recliners or elongated seats for the roughly six-hour journey.
The eastbound service will operate on Wednesdays, departing SWF at 4:30 p.m. and landing in the Faroe Islands at 6:50 p.m. The westbound service will operate on Tuesdays, departing the Faroe Islands at 10:45 a.m. local time and landing in New York at 10 a.m. :05h
“We are very excited about this historic new route between the Faroe Islands and the United States. Interest in this new route is very high on both sides of the Atlantic,” said Jóhanna á Bergi, CEO of Atlantic Airways. , in a press release.
Assuming the flights are launched as planned, this will be the country’s first-ever non-stop flight to the Faroe Islands. While Atlantic Airways recently teased the idea of flying to the US, it looks like 2023 will be the year it actually happens.
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The Faroe Islands are located in the North Atlantic Ocean and have historically had limited air service due to the remoteness of Danish territory. Vágar Airport is the only airport in the territory and it serves the capital of Torshavn, the largest city in the Faroe Islands.
Although the Faroe Islands may not be so familiar to many Americans, the islands are known for their spectacular scenery and ecotourism. Maybe the addition of a new non-stop route will help spark interest in the Faroe Islands, but the once-a-week flight schedule certainly won’t be much use for those looking for a quick getaway.
Meanwhile, service at Stewart’s airport, which is in Newburgh, New York, presents its own challenges. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport, has recently focused on expand the airport’s route portfoliowhich now includes the service on Icelandic company at very low prices Playas well as domestic flights on Allegiant and Frontier.
However, despite the recent opening of a new international arrivals facility (as well as other improvements to the passenger experience), Stewart is not as convenient for New York as the region’s three main airports: LaGuardia Airport (LGA), Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).
The Port Authority partners with Coach USA to offer convenient bus transfers to and from SWF, which is approximately 70 miles from New York City. Buses depart from the Midtown Bus Terminal in Manhattan and arrive in front of the Stewart Passenger Terminal.