After hinting at it for years, Atlantic Airways has officially unveiled plans to fly from the Faroe Islands to New York City during the late summer and early autumn months.
Atlantic Airways Will Launch A320neo Service From Vágar, Faroe Islands To New York Stewart Airport In Summer 2023
Atlantic Airways is the flag carrier of the Faroe Islands, a semi-autonomous region of Denmark located on a remote archipelago of 18 islands between the Shetland Islands and Iceland. The islands are served via Vágar (FAE) on SAS and Atlantic Airways.
Atlantic Airways serves a handful of destinations in Scandinavia, the United Kingdom, and Continental Europe but has never served North America. That changes this summer, as Atlantic Airways has announced it will launch once-weekly flights between Vágar and New York Stewart (SWF) starting on August 22, 2023 and run until October 10, 2023.
The flight will depart the Faroe Islands on Tuesdays and return from Stewart on Wednesday, which gives the crew a day to rest. Atlantic Airways will utilize an Airbus A320neo for the new route.
The very brief six weeks of flying represents a test…will there be demand? Will the Faroe Islands, with limited infrastructure for tourism, be able to handle the influx of new visitors? But already, there are plans to resume service next spring for a longer period if this first set of flights is successful.
It will be interesting to see if Atlantic Airways markets these flights as point-to-point or if it takes an Iceland Air approach and encourages a stopover on the Faroe Islands while either coming from or traveling to Europe.
Tickets sales will launch on May 15.
Later today, coincidentally, I will be launching a new trip report on my recent visit to the Faroe Islands. To sum it up, the Faroe Islands are incredibly gorgeous and an absolute must-see place. Heck, I was there in the rainy season where the hills were more brown than green and it will still breathtakingly beautiful.
Atlantic Airways will launch service to New York this summer, subject to regulatory approval. The 6-week experiment will run from late August to early October, utilizing an A320 aircraft. Ticket sales will launch in May. I’m very excited for this new service!
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