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Aviation links are important when you live on an island 337km from the closest land mass. That’s why when the Faroe Islands’ national carrier, Atlantic Airways, recently upgraded its fleet of Avro RJs with a new Airbus A319, the maiden landing was greeted by nearly 1,000 cheering locals and a brass band.

“Being connected is everything to us,” says the Faroese prime minister Kaj Leo Johannesen, whose government has a 66 per cent stake in the carrier. The new aircraft will mainly service Atlantic’s passenger hauls to Denmark, which granted the…

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