Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, launched its regional service between Donegal and Dublin today.
Stobart Air flew two flights toady as the new operator of the Public Service Obligation (PSO). The airline will fly two daily return flights between Donegal and Dublin airports, seven days a week.
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe TD was aboard the airline’s inaugural flight, which looks to increase the number of travelers to Donegal from the US, as well as allow easier transatlantic flights for those living in the northwest of Ireland.
Speaking before the flight, Minister Donohoe said nationwide connectivity of transport is essential for continued economic growth, adding that the service was "an essential link between Donegal and the capital, facilitating business and encouraging tourism."
Passengers can now book from Donegal to the US with Aer Lingus and avail of the US immigration pre-clearance facilities at Dublin. This also opens up the US inbound leisure market to Donegal as a starting point for the Wild Atlantic Way.
Aer Lingus Regional will also commence its Donegal to Glasgow service, with up to four flights a week.