All flights from Donegal to Dublin cancelled with immediate effect

All flights between Donegal and Dublin, operated by Aer Lingus, have been cancelled with immediate effect.
It comes after Stobart Air terminated its franchise with Aer Lingus with immediate effect resulting in the cancellation of all Aer Lingus regional flights operated by Stobart.
In a statement, Aer Lingus said Stobart Air had cited the continuing impact of the pandemic which has resulted in almost no flying since March 2020.
Aer Lingus says it's now communicating to customers to advise them of their options for refund or re-booking.
Customers who were booked to travel on flights operated by Stobart Air are advised not come to the airport and to check the Aer Lingus website for updated information on refund or re-booking options.

Stobart Air had been due to operate regional services here until the end of next year, when a new operator was then expected to take over.

Local Councillor Michael Cholm MacGiolla Easbuig says its a huge blow to the community:

Find the full statement from Stobart Air below:

“It is with great regret and sadness that Stobart Air can confirm that the Board is in the process of appointing a liquidator to the business and the airline is to cease operations with immediate effect.

“This unavoidable and difficult decision means that all Aer Lingus Regional routes, currently operated by Stobart Air under its franchise agreement with Aer Lingus, have been cancelled.

“Stobart Air operated 12 routes from Dublin Airport and Belfast Airport and all passengers booked on the following Aer Lingus Regional routes are advised to check the Aer Lingus website for up to date information on refund or rebooking options:

  • Belfast Airport to: Edinburgh; Exeter; East Midlands; Leeds; Birmingham and Manchester
  • Dublin Airport to: Kerry; Donegal; Edinburgh; Glasgow; Manchester and Newquay

“Stobart Air apologises to all its customers for the inconvenience caused at short notice.

“All 480 staff at the airline have been informed.

“Last April, Stobart Air announced that a new owner had been identified. However, it has emerged that the funding to support this transaction is no longer in place and the new owner is now unable to conclude the transaction.

“Given the continued impact of the pandemic which has virtually halted air travel since March 2019 and in the absence of any alternative purchasers or sources of funding, the Board of Stobart Air must take the necessary, unavoidable and difficult decision to seek to appoint a liquidator.

“A franchise flying partner to leading domestic and international airlines, Stobart Air has acknowledged the significant contribution, loyalty, dedication of its 480-strong team of skilled and talented aviation professionals.”