Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air has welcomed the announcement today that it has been awarded the tender to provide air services on the Public Service Obligation (PSO) routes of Donegal-Dublin and Kerry-Dublin.
The airline secured the routes following an EU public tender competition. The announcement was made by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD.
Stobart Air will operate both the Kerry-Dublin and Donegal-Dublin services under the Aer Lingus Regional brand.
Welcoming the announcement, Seán Brogan from Aer Lingus Regional said:
‘We are very pleased with today’s announcement.
‘We put forward a very strong proposal for both routes. At the heart of our offering is our connectivity with mainline Aer Lingus services, particularly to North America. Passengers to and from North America will be able to connect seamlessly to both Donegal and Kerry. The passenger convenience, and wider tourism benefits of this for both regions are considerable.
‘We also highlighted the importance of promoting the Wild Atlantic Way, a wonderful tourist attraction in Ireland. By using one provider with routes operating at each end of the tourist trail, we can leverage the opportunities to attract a wider tourism market.
‘Aer Lingus Regional has a strong track record on our Kerry-Dublin service, with passenger numbers growing month-on-month over the last 18 months. The Kerry to Dublin route grew 22% in October 2014 and the airline carried 197,000 more passengers between January and October 2014 than same period last year. We look forward to replicating this success in Donegal,’ Mr Brogan concluded.
The new contracts on both routes will take effect from 1 February 2015 until 31 January 2017.