Flybe (Loganair) replaces Aer Arann on Donegal routes

Donegal Airport and Loganair management celebrated the new routes in the airport terminal before joining crew; first officer Mark Millar, cabin crew Geraldine Parker and captain Robin Freeman.

  • Flybe franchise partner Loganair has replaced Aer Arann as the only scheduled carrier serving Donegal (CFN) in the north-west corner of Ireland. However, the routes served remain unchanged; Glasgow (GLA) and Dublin (DUB). Glasgow is served initially with three weekly flights (Wednesday, Friday, Sunday), increasing to daily next summer, while Dublin is connected twice daily. The Dublin route was awarded to Loganair by the Irish government, which supports the route under a three-year PSO (Public Service Obligation) contract. Both routes are now operated by Loganair’s 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft. When Aer Arann operated the routes, a larger 48-seat ATR 42-300 was used. However, Glasgow was then only served with three weekly flights. Speaking at the launch of the new routes Jonathan Hinkles, Loganair’s COO, said: “We’re delighted to be launching our new services in Donegal today. We’ve seen a huge surge in bookings as the launch date has approached, and it’s very clear that the travelling public in Donegal are keen to secure the very best deals for trips to Dublin. I’m confident that the mix of competitive fares, full service and Loganair’s customary reliability will prove popular, and we very much look forward to serving Donegal for years to come.” Welcoming the new carrier, Anne Bonner, Donegal Airport’s MD, said: “We are looking forward to working with the Loganair team to continue to provide flights to Dublin and Glasgow over the next three years. Loganair is a long established airline and we have no doubt they will deliver a good reliable service to their Donegal customers.”

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