Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP has welcomed the announcement that Logan Air is to provide the P.S.O (Public Service Obligation) route between Donegal and Dublin.
Pat the Cope who has supported Donegal Airport from the start said today “I have stated at all times that Donegal Airport could not continue commercially without PSO funding. The PSO is vitally important due to the isolated location of West Donegal, which is without a national primary road or rail link.”
Capital works have recently been completed at Donegal Airport where the full Instrument Landing System was replaced at a cost of approximately €400,000. The runway was reconfigured and overlaid together with other necessary safety works at an estimated cost of €2.3m. 90% of these works are funded by the exchequer. Donegal Airport currently provide 2 flights daily to Dublin and 2 flights weekly to Glasgow International Airport with additional flights during the summer months.
He described the announcement as “great news for the future of Donegal Airport, which is vital to the economic, tourism, social and cultural life of the region”. He paid tribute to the board, management and staff at the airport for their commitment and dedication. He also paid tribute to users of the airport who continue to make it a viable business and he encouraged them to continue to do so.
Pat the Cope paid tribute to Aer Arann who were not successful in their bid and in particular Padraig O’Ceidigh who played no small part in the development of the air service from Donegal to Dublin and Glasgow.
Pat the Cope has welcomed Logan Air as the service provider for the next
3 years. He offered them his every support and is confident that they will provide a first class service to and from Donegal. Pat the Cope has also stated that he expects a seamless transition between Aer Arann and Logan Air when the new service commences in November.