The possibility of providing a link with London from Donegal Airport should be explored on a trial basis, a Donegal TD has said.
Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has called on the Department of Transport, Stobart Air and
the Donegal Airport authorities to explore the possibility of providing a link with London from Donegal Airport.
He said it is now more important than ever that such a link be explored in the context of the possible ceasing of the Derry Airport – London link as being suggested from early 2017.
“The uncertainty of the recent announcement regarding the Derry London link must direct the Irish authorities to look at alternatives within the northwest for providing direct links with the UK and London,” he said.
Deputy Gallagher said there is an obvious demand for such a service from a tourism, business and connectivity with the diaspora perspective.
“There are extremely strong links between the UK and Donegal and the number of people who routinely travel between both jurisdictions is an expanding and growing market.
“The ending of the Derry to London flights was a disaster for the northwest region as many people relied on that connection on a weekly and routine basis; it is in the absence of such services and connectivity that Donegal Airport must fill the gap in current services and aim to provide flights to London on a trial basis.”
He said the potential removal of the Derry service is most regrettable and should be contested by the relevant authorities in Northern Ireland. However, he said it also provides an opportunity for Donegal Airport to meet the demand for a London service.
“It provides the airport with an opportunity to expand passenger choice and the service provider to grow passenger numbers. It is essential that we explore this gap in services which currently exists and advance the case for Donegal - London flights,” he said.