Officials at Donegal Airport at Carrickfinn are confident that the airport’s Dublin service will continue until the new Public Service Obligation (PSO) that subsidises the flight begins in October.
Earlier this week, at a meeting between airport management and Department of Transportation, it was confirmed that PSO and tender notifications for the Donegal-Dublin route have been issued from the department to the European Commission and are expected to be advertised later this month.
The current PSO expires on July 21st and the new PSO service, which will continue the twice daily flights to Dublin, is expected to begin in October. The department is now engaged in discussions with the European Commission concerning the continuity of service on the Donegal-Dublin route.
Eilis Barrett, operations manager at the airport, said airport management is confident the Donegal-Dublin service will continue until the new PSO is awarded. “We are confident there will be service, but how that’s worked out will be a matter for the department and the European Commission,” she said.
Aer Arann, which now provides the Dublin service, “can do bookings for the Donegal-Dublin service right through the whole summer period”, Ms. Barrett said.
Pat “the Cope” Gallagher, Fianna Fáil MEP, said he is in contact with the relevant department sections and has made a strong case to allow the service to continue pending the awarding of the new PSO. He said the service is vitally important to the economic, social and cultural life of the north-west and is also used extensively by patients who travel to Dublin.