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05 September 2011

Loganair introduces Donegal services

Loganair, Scotland’s Airline, has today announced that it is to introduce new services linking the Irish city of Donegal with Dublin and Glasgow from November this year.

The airline will provide two roundtrip flights every day between Donegal and the Irish capital Dublin, following its successful tender to the Irish Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport to undertake the designated essential air service linking the two points.  

Services will commence on Thursday 3 November, and will be operated by Loganair’s 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft under its franchise agreement with Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline.   Flights will be on sale via www.flybe.com and accredited travel agents from Tuesday 6 September.

Loganair is introducing a new schedule on the route which, in addition to protecting the existing day return facility from Donegal, enables Dublin-originating travellers to undertake a day return to north-west Ireland for the first time.    

Loganair’s franchise agreement with Flybe also provides access to a wide range of connecting flights from Dublin through Flybe’s interline agreements with other airlines. Through-bookings and onward connections are available from Donegal via Dublin with a variety of carriers including Air France to Paris CDG and London City; Aer Lingus to destinations throughout Europe and North America; and Etihad to its gateway airport at Abu Dhabi.

The new service to Glasgow will operate from the same date, Thursday 3 November, and service frequency between four flights per week and daily will be provided, varying according to demand at different times of year.  The link to Glasgow will also provide new connections from Donegal, facilitating links to Flybe and Loganair’s extensive network of UK and Highlands & Islands services; British Airways onward flights from Glasgow to London Heathrow, Gatwick and City; and Emirates Airline’s daily service from Glasgow to its Dubai worldwide hub.

Loganair operates an extensive network of services throughout the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and beyond, carrying over half a million passengers each year with a fleet of 20 aircraft. UK Civil Aviation Authority figures show that the airline has an exemplary punctuality record, achieving the distinction of providing the UK’s most punctual domestic air route (between Dundee and Birmingham) for the second consecutive year. Loganair also achieved  86.4% of flights on time in 2010, significantly ahead of the industry average of 80.7%.

Loganair’s Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Hinkles said: “We are delighted to be launching services to Donegal later this year, and are confident that our combination of convenient flight times, excellent punctuality and competitive fares will provide exemplary service to and from the northwest of Ireland.  

“Loganair celebrates its 50th anniversary next year and its record has been established on the basis of providing dependable and quality regional air services, which we look forward to introducing in Donegal from November.”