On 1 February Donegal Airport celebrated the launch of Aer Lingus Regional’s new flights to Dublin and Glasgow, replacing Flybe as the operator of these PSO routes. On hand to cut the celebratory cake were: Sean Brogan, Interim CEO, Stobart Air; Anne Bonner, MD of Donegal Airport; and Paschal Donohoe TD, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal. The services will be flown by Stobart Air’s 48-seat ATR 42s.
- Aer Lingus Regional has replaced Flybe (operated by Loganair) as the provider of flights on the Public Service Obligation (PSO) routes from Donegal (CFN) to Dublin (DUB) and Glasgow (GLA). Flybe’s services ended on 31 January with Aer Lingus Regional taking over on 1 February. The new 264-kilometre service to Glasgow will initially be operated twice-weekly (Fridays and Sundays), increasing to four times weekly from the start of the summer season at the end of March. The 225-kilometre route to Dublin will be operated twice-daily. Both routes will be operated on Aer Lingus Regional’s behalf by Stobart Air with its 48-seat ATR 42s. This represents a 40% increase in capacity on the Dublin route as it was previously flown by Loganair’s 34-seat Saab 340s. Aer Lingus Regional already serves Glasgow from Dublin and Cork, using Stobart Air’s larger ATR 72s. Speaking on the inaugural flight to Dublin, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, said, “For Ireland to continue down its path of economic recovery, a well-connected transport infrastructure that connects all four corners of the country is essential.”