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03 November 2011

Flying start for new Donegal services

Flybe’s new air services from Donegal, operated by its franchise partner Loganair, take to the skies in Donegal today (Thursday 3 November) as the airline assumes operation of services to both Dublin and Glasgow.

With two return flights per day on the Dublin route and prices starting from €31.49 one way, the conveniently timed flights allow both Donegal and Dublin-based passengers the opportunity to travel out and back in one day.  In addition, a baggage allowance of one checked bag of up to 20kgs is included in all Donegal-Dublin fares, together with complimentary in-flight refreshments.  

The airline is also launching its newest international route from Donegal to the Scottish city of Glasgow, with between three and five return flights per week.

From Summer 2012, the airline plans to enhance passenger choice from Glasgow with daily onward connections throughout Flybe’s UK domestic and European networks.  Fares to Glasgow start at €55.49, inclusive, one way.

Loganair’s Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Hinkles said:

“Donegal is a key marketplace for us and we’re thrilled to be taking over these two new services.

“In the run up to this launch, we have seen dozens of new bookings being made each day and it’s clear that Donegal businesses and residents are keen to secure the very best deals when travelling to Dublin and Glasgow

“I’m confident that we have the right mix of competitive fares, fantastic customer service and onward connections across the UK and Europe that will prove popular, and we very much look forward to serving Donegal for years to come.”

Welcoming the new carrier, Anne Bonner, Managing Director of Donegal Airport, said:

“We are looking forward to working with the Loganair team to continue to provide flights to Dublin and Glasgow over the next three years.

“Loganair is a long established airline and we have no doubt it will deliver a good, reliable service to its Donegal customers.”

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’s franchise agreement with Flybe also provides access to a wide range of connecting flights from Dublin through Flybe’sinterline 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; and Etihad to its gateway airport at Abu Dhabi.

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%.

All services are bookable via www.flybe.com, via the Flybe call centre on 1-890-925-532 in Ireland or 0871 700 2000 in the UK, or via Donegal Airport ticket desk on 074 9548284.