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23rd February 2010: Aer Arann has launched a new direct service from Donegal Airport to Glasgow Airport.

 The service will replace the airline’s current Donegal to Glasgow-Prestwick route and will operate four days per week, up from the current three-times weekly service. Flights are on sale now with fares starting from €39 one way including taxes. The service will begin operating on March 28th.

 Glasgow Airport is situated just eight miles west of Glasgow City offering passengers convenient access to both the city centre and surrounding destinations, and a recently announced £25 million investment will enhance the passenger experience at the airport.

 Donegal Airport opens up the North-West of Ireland for the leisure and business traveller. Located at Carrickfinn, Kincasslagh, the airport is approximately 15 minutes drive from Dungloe and Gweedore, 45 mins from Letterkenny and 1 hour from Donegal Town. Donegal Airport is situated on the west coast in the area of the Rosses/Gweedore, just 50 minutes flying time from Glasgow Airport.

 Welcoming the new service Aer Arann Corporate Affairs Director Andrew Kelly said: “We are committed to offering our customers in Donegal and surrounding areas regional connectivity and direct access to major international hubs. With the direct route to Glasgow Airport we are responding to popular customer demand and we look forward to welcoming both new and existing passengers on this route in the coming weeks”.

 Donegal Airport’s Managing Director, Anne Bonner also welcomed the news remarking that she was “delighted with Aer Arann’s decision to move to Glasgow Airport and particularly with the decision to expand the frequency to four days year round. While Prestwick-Donegal is very well supported, many of our regulars have issues with the surface transport connections. Glasgow has a much wider catchment area and we will be looking forward to seeing some familiar faces coming through. The first Glasgow -Donegal route started in 1986”.

 Amanda McMillan, Managing Director of Glasgow Airport, said: “This is fantastic news from Aer Arann as the Irish market is hugely important for Scottish business and tourism.

 ”This new link to the bustling and beautiful county of Donegal, following the news that Aer Arann and Aer Lingus are joining forces to offer enhanced services to Cork and Dublin, highlights the strong demand for increased air travel between Scotland and Ireland.

 ”This is good news for business and tourism on both sides of the Irish Sea, and underlines our determination to improve connectivity between our two countries. We are pleased to welcome Aer Arann to Glasgow’s airport, and look forward to working with them to enhance air links between Scotland and Ireland.”

 Scott Taylor, Chief Executive of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, added: “The new service from Donegal has a clear fit with friends and family hopping between Donegal and Glasgow, and with events like the World Irish Dancing championships taking place in the city this year, it’s a perfect opportunity to bring the whole family to experience a major event celebrating the cultural links between the Celts.

 ”In addition, with such a strong sporting, retail and night life on offer in Glasgow, we look forward to welcoming 2,500 tourists spending £350,000 in the city in the forthcoming year.”

 This is the latest development for Aer Arann following the recent announcement that the airline has signed a franchise agreement with Aer Lingus to operate 12 routes between Ireland and the UK under the brand “Aer Lingus Regional”.

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