Aer Lingus Regional’s Donegal-Dublin route grew 21% in February 2015 compared to the same period last year, according to figures released by the airline.
With a coastline of 1,235km, County Donegal is home to some of Ireland’s most beautiful beaches, twelve of which are Blue Flag Beaches. The county is also recognised as one of Europe’s most popular surfing destinations, and in recent years its coastline has witnessed some of the biggest waves ever recorded in Europe.
In this time, the Donegal-Dublin route has become an integral element of the North West’s tourism and transport infrastructure.
Aer Lingus Regional’ operated by Stobart Air was awarded the tender to provide air services on the Public Service Obligation (PSO) route from Donegal to Dublin last November.
Aer Lingus Regional has a strong track record in servicing Irish domestic routes, with domestic passenger numbers growing month-on-month.
Ronan Whitty, Head of Revenue Management at Stobart Air, said:
“We are extremely pleased with Aer Lingus Regional’s continued success, and particularly delighted to see such strong growth on our Donegal-Dublin route in the first month of service. Donegal is home to some of Ireland’s most beautiful beaches and is now considered amongst the best surfing destinations in Europe.
“The Donegal-Dublin route is hugely important to Ireland in terms of regional connectivity, and in facilitating the continued growth of tourism in the North West. News of this passenger growth is particularly exciting given that we are now entering peak tourism season, during which time we expect to grow the route further.”
Pauline Sweeney, Marketing Manager Donegal Airport added that:
“The additional capacity with the bigger aircraft and the availability of lower fares on the route is proving successful in meeting the passenger growth targets. The summer flight schedule starts this weekend with time changes to the mid-day schedule which will create more opportunity for connecting traffic through Dublin. We look forward to a good busy peak season and are ready in Donegal to welcome more tourists to the North West and the Wild Atlantic Way.”