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First Donegal-Dublin Emerald Airlines Flight Takes Off

By Dave Simpson
First Donegal-Dublin Emerald Airlines Flight Takes Off

The first Emerald Airlines flight from Donegal to Dublin has taken off, with Minister of State at the Department of Transport Hildegarde Naughton TD on board.


As noted by a statement published on, this flight marks the commencement of government funded Public Service Obligation (PSO) air services between Donegal and Dublin airports operated by Emerald Airlines, and the contract with Emerald Airlines, which operates from now until 25 February of 2025, may be extended for a further one-year period.

Statement By Minister Naughton

The statement published on in included Minister Naughton said, "This morning's flight, which marks government's commitment to ensuring continued connectivity to this region for the next three years, is also the inaugural flight of Emerald Airlines, Ireland’s newest Airline. Emerald Airlines will operate the public service obligation air service, under the Aer Lingus Regional brand, facilitating return trips from Donegal within the day, and further international connectivity from Dublin airport through Emerald Airline's partners. I would like to wish Emerald Airline's every success in operating and growing this route and providing the people and businesses in the north-west with daily air services to Dublin to attend medical and other important appointments as well as supporting the economy and tourism in the region."

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