Faroe Islands Atlantic Airways Reveals 2022 Flight Schedule

Faroe Islands’ Atlantic Airways has revealed its flight schedule for 2022. The flag carrier plans to fly direct…

Faroe Islands Atlantic Airways Reveals 2022 Flight Schedule

Faroe Islands’ Atlantic Airways has revealed its flight schedule for 2022. The flag carrier plans to fly direct routes to 10 destinations across Europe, including three domestic services and three to Spain for next summer. Let’s find out more about the airline’s plans from Vagar.

Atlantic Airways operates a fleet of three all-Airbus narrowbody aircraft. Photo: Airbus

Back on the map

According to Aviation24, Faroe Islands’ Atlantic Airways has announced its plans for the following year. The carrier flies out of Vagar, the capital of the self-governing Danish territory, serving the island located between Iceland and Denmark. After a tough pandemic year, the airline is making a comeback next year.

Atlantic Airways plans to fly to 10 destinations across much of western Europe. This includes three domestic destinations of Copenhagen, Aalborg, and Billund on a frequent basis. Neighboring Iceland will see twice-weekly (thrice from Easter onwards) from Vagar to Keflavik. However, long-haul flights are still off the map.

Atlantic Airways A319-100
Atlantic uses its A319s and A320neos for European services and helicopters for internal flights. Photo: Curimedia via Wikimedia Commons

Further out, Atlantic will serve Edinburgh from 7th April to 22nd December on a twice-weekly basis to provide flights to the UK. Neighboring France will also see direct flights to Paris from May to October. The first route in this schedule will be flights from Vagar to Gran Canaria, which run from 2nd November 2021 to next February.

Summer calling

In anticipation of a busy summer next year, Atlantic Airways is planning flights to sunny Mallorca and Barcelona from 7th June to 27th September, the peak period. Both flights will run once weekly on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, respectively.

The carrier is also launching a brand-new route from Vagar to Oslo, flying every Wednesday through 2022, with an extra Sunday service from Easter to 16th October. With year-round traffic between the countries, Atlantic is hoping to see strong demand on the route and looking to challenge the new entrant.

Faroe Islands Atlantic Airways Reveals 2022 Flight Schedule
The airline is flying an impressive schedule given its three aircraft. Photo: Gordon Leggett / Wikimedia Commons

Overall, Atlantic is hoping that travel restrictions will be eased next year and travel will return to some normality. While this is impossible to predict during the pandemic, things are looking up for the industry in general, with 2021 showing a strong recovery.

Risks

However, it’s not all smooth riding for Atlantic Airways, and schedules don’t mean flights will actually operate. In July, Atlantic was forced to pull its new Edinburgh route just three weeks after launch due to rising COVID cases in the UK. With cases still high in parts of Europe, there is a serious risk of next summer being impacted by COVID once again.

For now, Denmark, and by extension the Faroe Islands, are now welcoming EU and vaccinated travelers back without any restrictions. If the situation remains the same over the next year as well, the airline could be looking at a major recovery. However, with the pandemic constantly throwing curveballs at the industry, nothing is certain, and schedules might be over-optimistic.

What do you think about Atlantic Airways’ plans for next year? Let us know in the comments!

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Singapore Airlines Manchester-Houston Fifth Freedom Route Is Back

Singapore Airlines is to bring back its Manchester-Houston service from December 1st. The route, which was Singapore Airlines’…

Singapore Airlines Manchester-Houston Fifth Freedom Route Is Back

Singapore Airlines is to bring back its Manchester-Houston service from December 1st. The route, which was Singapore Airlines’ first transatlantic service from the UK when announced in 2016, will restart for the first time since the pandemic outbreak. Flights will run three times a week onboard the carrier’s fleet of Airbus A350-900s in a three-class configuration.

Singapore Airlines is resuming its popular Manchester-Houston service. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Singapore Airlines brings back Manchester-Houston

Singapore Airlines has announced it will resume its Manchester-Houston service after the route was suspended for around 18 months. Flights are set to restart on December 1st and run three times a week (Wednesday, Friday and Sunday).

The schedule is as follows:

  • SQ52 will depart Manchester at 10:05, arriving in Houston at 14:25
  • SQ51 will depart Houston at 18:50, arriving in Manchester at 09:30 the next day

Mohamed Rafi Mar, UK and Ireland General Manager at Singapore Airlines, said,

“We are delighted to resume our Houston flights and offer more travel options to our passengers from the Manchester region, after relaunching our flights to Singapore in the summer.”

Singapore Airlines Manchester-Houston Fifth Freedom Route Is Back
The Manchester-Houston service will operate three times a week on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Photo: Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying.

The decision comes after the U.S announced it will allow British travelers into the country from November 8th. Before the COVID pandemic, Manchester-Houston was one of the airline’s most popular ‘fifth-freedom‘ routes, as well as its first transatlantic service from the UK when launched in 2016.

Karen Smart, Manchester Airport Managing Director, said,

“It’s great to see Singapore Airlines bring back its Houston service, which pre-pandemic was very popular with our passengers across the north.”

Flights will be operated by the A350-900

The carrier’s A350-900 fleet will serve the Manchester-Houston route. Planes will be in a three-class configuration, consisting of 42 business (1-2-1 layout), 24 premium economy (2-4-2) and 197 economy class (3-3-3) seats.

Singapore Airlines Airbus A350-941 (2)
Singapore Airlines has the world’s largest fleet of Airbus A350s. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Singapore Airlines has a fleet of 55 A350-900s, overtaking Qatar Airways as the world’s largest A350 operator. Simple Flying got the chance to fly business class on one of SIA’s A350-900s back in 2019.

Karen Smart added,

“With the US opening up to British passengers from November 8 this route will be well received by the three million people across our catchment area that fly to and from America each year.”

35 years at Manchester Airport

Singapore Airlines returned to Manchester Airport this summer after an enforced hiatus, resuming its Manchester-Singapore service. This route is also served by the airline’s fleet of A350-900s in the same three-class configuration and runs thrice weekly.

Singapore Airlines Manchester-Houston Fifth Freedom Route Is Back
Singapore Airlines has operated at Manchester Airport since 1986. Photo: Getty Images

The airline has long retained a presence in Manchester (since 1986), with its return marking 35 years at the airport. Its popular Manchester-Houston route was first introduced in 2016 and became SIA’s first transatlantic service from the UK. Interestingly, the first-ever commercial A350 flight from Manchester was conducted by Singapore Airlines on the same route.

Are you happy to see SIA restarting its Manchester-Houston service? Do you have any plans to fly with SIA from Manchester? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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