Tender Launched For Airline To Provide Air Services Between Donegal And Dublin
The Department of Transport has launched a new tender for an airline to provide state-subsidised air services between Donegal and Dublin airports.
As reported by The Irish Independent, the route, which operates as a Public Service Obligation (PSO) route, was previously operated by former Aer Lingus Regional operator Stobart Air before it ceased trading earlier this year, and Swedish airline Amapola Flyg was subsequently awarded a short-term contract to operate the service twice a day in both directions using a 50-seater Fokker 50 turbo-prop aircraft.
New Contract Details
The new contract is reportedly for an operator from the end of February of 2022 for three years, and will reportedly stipulate that flight schedules on weekdays must include an early morning flight from Donegal Airport that departs before 8am and a late evening flight from Dublin Airport that departs after 6.30pm.
The Department of Transport has reportedly estimated that the cost of running the service is €17 million for the three years, and the PSO contract reportedly allows for the payment of a subsidy to cover costs including an up to 8% profit margin for the winning airline.
The Department of Transport will reportedly be able to extend the term of the contract, subject to a satisfactory review, for a period of up to one year with a maximum of one such extension.
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