Dip in flight numbers

The number of people opting to fly at Donegal airport has fallen by 14 per cent due to “recessionary times” according to the marketing manager of the airport.

The number of people opting to fly at Donegal airport has fallen by 14 per cent due to “recessionary times” according to the marketing manager of the airport.

According to figures released this week, numbers were down from 46,825 in 2010 to 40,012 in 2011, a drop of 14.3 per cent. “This is due to recessionary times. Tourism in the north west region has been hardest hit. Less people are making less leisure trips to Dublin than before,” Pauline Sweeney of Donegal Airport said.

Despite the atrocious winter conditions that featured during the month of November the airline had an excellent operational record with over 90 per cent of flights on time. The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport announced funding for the regional airports in 2011 of €5.4m towards operational costs. Donegal airport was awarded €42,630 of this fund. Earlier this year management at the airport welcomed the awarding of a three year contract by the department of transport on the Donegal/Dublin route while the services were cut at other regional airports.