The Department of Transport has launched a new tender for an airline to provide state-subsidized air services between Donegal and Dublin airports.
As reported by The Irish Independent, the route, which operates as a public service obligation (PSO) link, was previously operated by the former regional operator of Aer Lingus Stobart Air before ceasing operations earlier this year, and Swedish airline Amapola Flyg was subsequently awarded a short-term contract to operate the twice-daily service in both directions using a 50-seat Fokker 50 turboprop aircraft.
New contract details
The new contract would be for an operator from the end of February 2022 for three years, and would stipulate that weekday flight schedules must include an early morning flight from Donegal Airport which departs before 8 a.m. and a late evening flight. from Dublin Airport which departs after 6.30 p.m.
The Ministry of Transport reportedly estimated that the cost of running the service was 17 million euros for the three years, and the PSO contract would allow the payment of a subsidy to cover costs, including a profit margin of up to at 8% for the winning airline. .
The Department of Transport would be able to extend the term of the contract, subject to satisfactory review, for a period of up to one year with a maximum of such an extension.
Â© 2021 Hospitality Ireland – your source for the latest industry news. Article by Dave Simpson. Click on subscribe to subscribe to the Hospitality Ireland printed edition.