AER Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, has recorded a rise in its passenger load factor on the Donegal route for the month of July, according to figures released today.
The company reported an overall 81 per cent passenger load factor for the month of July, up from 78 per cent for the same period last year, while the Donegal Dublin route was up 7 per cent for July, representing a sixth consecutive month of growth.
Aer Lingus Regional was awarded the tender to provide air services on the Public Service Obligation (PSO) routes from Kerry to Dublin and Donegal to Dublin last November. The sustained sustained growth on regional routes has also contributed to an increase in connecting flights through Dublin’s transatlantic hub in North America.
Martin Saxton, Chief Commercial Officer at Stobart Air, said: “We are pleased to witness such a strong July performance for the airline. We continue to outperform last year’s passenger load factors, and we are on course to record a particularly strong summer performance. The continued growth of our PSO routes demonstrates their importance to the local economies in Kerry and Donegal, particularly in relation to regional connectivity and tourism.
“In the coming weeks, we are on course to celebrate a number of significant passenger milestones, including flying our one millionth passenger on our Dublin Edinburgh route, and a total of two million passengers across our Scottish bound routes.”
Overall, Aer Lingus Regional flew over 133,000 passengers in July of this year. It currently operates 640 flights per week across 27 routes from 20 departures points throughout Ireland, the UK and France.