Emerald sees record numbers on Dublin-Donegal route

Emerald Airlines, which operates the public service obligation (PSO) air route between Donegal and Dublin, said today that it carried a record number of passengers on the route during April.

The airline also operates the Aer Lingus regional network.

Emerald Airlines offers up to four daily flights linking Donegal and Dublin.

Ciarán Smith, chief commercial officer for Emerald Airlines, said advance bookings on the route also look positive ahead of the key summer months.

“By enabling same-day travel to and from Donegal, we imagine the summer months will only add to the popularity of this route,” said Smith.

As we continue to see high demand from leisure travelers to Donegal, we are hopeful that a great summer season lies ahead for the tourism industry in the region,” he added.

Donegal Airport Managing Director Eilis Docherty said the airport was delighted with the positive growth in passenger numbers since Emerald Airlines started flights on 26 February.

“Anticipating further growth over the summer, we expect passenger numbers to reach or exceed pre-pandemic (2019) levels by the end of the year,” it added.

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