Loganair is to begin a new service between Dublin and Aberdeen, beginning in September.
The new route will operate four times a week from September 5th, with a 49-seater aircraft, before increasing it to a daily service from March 28th, 2022.
Flights between Dublin and Aberdeen were offered by Stobart Air through Aer Lingus Regional prior to the pandemic; the airline has since ceased trading with the loss of 480 jobs when its owner, British group Esken, ended financial support for the Irish airline.
Loganair commercial director Kay Ryan said the company was pleased to restore the link between the two cities.
"We are truly excited to be operating this important service and pleased to be able to step in and quickly restore the vital link between these two great cities. We also anticipate strong interest from passengers in Aberdeen, and the surrounding areas, who are eager to spend time in Ireland. "
Dublin Airport welcomed the announcement of the new route. "Aberdeen is one of Scotland's most vibrant cities, offering a rich cultural calendar, lively nightlife, scenic coastline, and many spectacular parks and gardens" said the airport's managing director Vincent Harrison.
“We are very pleased to welcome the return of Loganair services to Dublin Airport, and I have no doubt that this new route will be popular in both directions for Irish and British customers.”
Pre-pandemic, Dublin Airport saw almost 33 million passengers pass through, with flights to more than 190 destinations in 42 countries. However, the restrictions on foreign travel due to the pandemic saw last year’s air traffic drop to 7.4 million, a decline of 78 per cent.