Loganair announces Glasgow–Donegal service

Loganair is to introduce new services linking the Irish city of Donegal to Glasgow from November 2011, which the airline says will create 10 new jobs at Glasgow Airport.

The move, part of the airline’s ongoing expansion plans, follows its successful tender for a contract from the Irish Government to operate a Public Service Obligation (PSO) route between Dublin and Donegal.

The new service between Glasgow and Donegal will operate from Thursday 3 November and service frequency will vary between four flights per week and every day according to seasonal demand. Loganair is already recruiting to fill 10 vacancies for pilots and cabin crew to expand its crew complement for the new route.

Services will be operated by Loganair’s 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft under its franchise agreement with Flybe.

Loganair’s chief operating officer Jonathan Hinkles commented, “We are very pleased to be launching services between Glasgow and Donegal later this year and creating new employment opportunities for local people.

“We are confident that our combination of convenient flight times, excellent punctuality and competitive fares will provide exemplary service to and from Ireland.

The link to Glasgow will also provide new connections from Donegal, facilitating links to Flybe and Loganair’s extensive network of UK and Highlands & Islands services; British Airways onward flights from Glasgow to London Heathrow, Gatwick and City; and Emirates’ daily service from Glasgow to its Dubai worldwide hub.

As noted, in addition to the Glasgow–Donegal service, the airline will provide two roundtrip flights every day between Donegal and Dublin, following its successful tender to the Irish Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport to undertake the PSO service. This will allow Dublin-originating travellers to undertake a day return to north-west Ireland for the first time.

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