IN SOME good news for regional commuters in Ireland, it was announced today that a new internal flight service will operate in the country.
The new Dublin to Donegal will join the existing route of Dublin to Kerry for regional flights.
Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, welcomed the news, having applied for tender for the route and to renew the Dublin-Kerry route.
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe, made the announcement earlier today.
“We are very pleased with today’s announcement. The passenger convenience, and wider tourism benefits of this for both regions are considerable,” said Seán Brogan of Aer Lingus Regional.
The Wild Atlantic way is one of Ireland’s most prominent tourist attractions and takes in the entire west coast of the island.
The news of flight routes to either end of the trail will come as welcome news for tourists who will have ease of access.
The news follows a successful year for Aer Lingus Regional.
From January to October 2014, the airline carried 197,000 passengers more than the same period last year; while October alone saw a 22 per cent rise in the number of passengers on the Dublin to Kerry route.
The new contracts on both the Kerry and Donegal routes takes effect from February 1, 2015, for at least two years.