At Carrickfinn, on the top North-Western corner of Ireland, Donegal Airport opens up the North-West for the leisure and business traveller. Located at Carrickfinn, Kincasslagh, the airport is approximately 15 mins drive from Dungloe and Gweedore, and 45 mins from Letterkenny. Donegal Airport is situated on the west coast in the area of the Rosses/Gweedore, just 40 minutes flying time from Dublin. The region is noted for it's unspoiled natural scenery, its maritime environment, including a significant fishing industry, inhabited islands and a developing tourism industry.
Touch down and experience Donegal hospitality, absorb the heritage and culture of Donegal's Gaeltacht - where Irish is the everyday language. Linger a while in the comfortable Café Bar Carraigfhinne.
A nearby blue flag sandy beach is just one of many throughout this scenically magnificent area of North West Ireland that spreads out along a dramatic, rocky coastline, blue-green mountains and deep tranquil valleys. Here, in the midst of breath taking beauty, lies Donegal Airport, with twice daily scheduled flights to Dublin and four times weekly to Glasgow International with worldwide onward connections.
Aerfort Dhún na nGall commenced operations in 1986 and was developed, with the assistance of Údaras ná Gaeltachta, the Department of Transport, Private Investors, Donegal Co. Council, The International Fund for Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund.
Owned and managed by a private limited company ‘Aerphort Idirnaisiúnta Dhún na nGall Teo’, Donegal Airport is one of Ireland’s network of regional airports. It was first developed in the mid eighties by Údaras na Gaeltachta to provide easy access for business executives wishing to locate to the local industrial estate. The airport is now widely recognised as a key element of the County’s infrastructure. It is extremely important as an air access point to this most peripheral region in Ireland to sustain existing business and for the future economic development of the entire region.
The first passenger schedule service in 1986 was started by a small Scottish airline Malinair, who identified a demand for a Donegal/Glasgow route mainly from what is known in the trade as the VFR market (Visiting Friends and Relations). Currently, schedule flights operate to Dublin and Scotland on a year round basis. The Dublin service operates twice daily to and from Dublin under the government’s public service obligation scheme (PSO). The scheme provides financial assistance to airlines to provide the type and quality of air service to peripheral regions for sustained regional social and economic development.
Despite a recent downturn in traffic due to the world recession, the airport achieved significant passenger growth rates year on year. The growth on the Donegal/Dublin route is mainly due to excellent flight times (early morning out of Donegal and Dublin and evening returns) which is particularly suited for the business and commercial commuter. The twice daily service suits the leisure and tourism market particularly with regard to onward connections. The service is above all seen as a lifeline for social services such as health and education.
The Scottish service operates four times per week increasing to six times per week during peak seasons. Aer Lingus is the current carrier on both these routes and provide an excellent service.
The airport has opened up whole new markets to the tourism sector, enabling product providers i.e., hotels, transport providers, golf clubs, leisure fishing etc to promote their facilities to wider domestic and international markets.
Over the past decade or more, Donegal Airport has also been the air support base for the offshore oil and gas industry for many of the major oil Companies. It is strategically located for the support of air services to offshore operations off the West and North West coasts of Ireland. Helicopters are based at the Airport and fixed wing charters operate to/from Scotland and Norway for the duration of the contracts. Other airport operations include Air Corps, Marine Search and Rescue Services, private charters and general aviation.
Facilities at the airport include Café Bar Carraigfhinne & Shop, Tourist Information, ATM, Eircom wireless broadband, Enterprise Car Rental, taxi services and hangar and office space rental.
Is é Aerfort Dhún na nGall ceann de na príomhghnéasáin infreastruchtúir í gCeantar an Iar Thuaiscirt – ag cur ar fáil bealach isteach go dtí an Chontae atá riachtanach, ní amháin ar mhaithe le turasóireacht agus ach ar son an phobail áitiúil ach chomh maith leis sin, ag cuidiú le forbairt a dheánamh san Réigiún trí mhodh taistil furasta agus gasta a chur ar fáil ó phríomhchathair na tíre.
Mar chomhlacht lonnaithe í gcroílár na Gaeltachta tá sé tábhachtach go dtugann muid tús áite don teanga Gaeilge í gcónaí. Tá muid bródúil as an suíomh idirlín dhátheangach atá againn chomh maith leis na comharthaí dhátheangach atá le feiceáil ar fud an Aerfoirt. Tá Gaeilge líofa ag formhór na foirne agus failtíonn muid i gcónaí roimh phaisinéirí agus an pobal ag usáid á dteanga dúchasach. Tá aitheantas tugtha don Aerfort agus do bhainistíocht an Aerfoirt le dhá bhliain anuas faoin ‘Gradam Barr 50’ – scéim a thugann aitheantas do ghnóthaí agus do chomhlachtaí a dhéanann iarrachtaí na Gaeilge a úsáid agus a chothú ina gcuid gnó féin.