Snow in scenic Kincasslagh, home place of singer Daniel O’Donnell. Picture by Bill Heaney
By Bill Heaney
Loganair, the UK’s largest regional airline, is restoring services between Donegal and Glasgow with a new summer timetable.
The twice-weekly flights, operating on Saturdays and Sundays from 1st July to 24th September, will boost connectivity between the UK and Ireland and provide the only direct air link between the UK and Donegal.
The news also marks the rekindling of a long-standing relationship between Loganair and Donegal Airport, with the airline flying on the route as far back as the early 1990s.
The route will operate on the airline’s new and more efficient ATR42 aircraft, the first time the airline has flown the type on a route to Donegal.
Luke Lovegrove, Chief Commercial Officer, Loganair, said: “We are delighted to be able to restore this important connectivity between the UK and Ireland, helping families stay connected and facilitating leisure breaks too.
“We expect our summer flights to be extremely popular; therefore, we encourage customers to book as soon as possible to secure the best fares.”
Eilis Docherty, Managing Director, Donegal Airport, said: “Donegal Airport warmly welcomes the announcement of the resumption of the Donegal-Glasgow flights for Summer ’23 and will work closely with Loganair to ensure the success of the route.”
Cormac O’Suilleabhain, Brand Partnership Manager at Tourism Ireland, said: “Tourism Ireland is delighted with the announcement of Loganair’s reinstatement of the Glasgow to Donegal route.
“We recognise the vital importance of direct air connectivity and the key role that this air link to Donegal provides for Scottish holiday-makers. We look forward to welcoming visitors from Glasgow and all over Scotland to the island of Ireland and working with Loganair to promote the route and further expand their network to the island.”
The new route will also provide onward connections at Glasgow to points within Loganair’s extensive route network across the UK.
Fares start at £74.99 one way and are available to book today at loganair.co.uk and via all major travel agents.
All fares include a 15kg luggage allowance, discounts for children aged 11 and under and a mandatory carbon offset charge as part of the airline’s innovative GreenSkies sustainability programme.
Regular travellers can also take advantage of the airline’s loyalty programme – Clan Loganair.
Time for a pint at Beedi’s in Dungloe and Iggy’s in Kincasslagh, an Irish mile down the road from Donegal Airport. Pictures by Bill Heaney