Rise in passengers using Dublin to Kerry and Donegal routes
Stobart, which operates Aer Lingus Regional, has flown over 48,000 passengers
Stobart Air says business travellers account for 27 per cent and 23 per cent respectively of passengers on its Kerry and Donegal flights
Aer Lingus Regional has reported a 10 per cent increase in the number of passengers on the two public service obligation (PSO) routes it operates on behalf of the State.
Stobart Air, which operates Aer Lingus Regional, said it had flown over 48,000 passengers on the Dublin to Kerry and Donegal routes since the renewal of the five year PSO contract in February.
The airline reported a 12 per cent rise in passengers flying the Kerry route versus the same six-month period a year ago. Passenger numbers of the Dublin to Donegal route were up 7 per cent.
Last year more than 84,000 passengers flew on the two routes, a figure that is expected to grow over the duration of the renewed contract to 100,000 passengers a year.
According to the airline, business travellers account for 27 per cent and 23 per cent respectively of passengers on the Kerry and Donegal flights.
Stobart recently introduced larger 70-seat aircraft on the Kerry route after passenger numbers surpassed 51,000.
The move came as Kerry Airport earlier this year announced plans to build a new arrivals hall and expanded departure area to accomodate increased passenger numbers.