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Published on January 18th, 2018 | by Mark Dwyer


PSO Routes Awarded to Stobart Air

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, announced last Friday that Stobart Air will operate the two Public Service Obligation (PSO) air routes linking the airports in Donegal and Kerry with Dublin for the next four years. The current PSO contract for these two routes expires at the end of this month and the new contract will operate from 1st February 2018 until 31st January 2022.

The award of the new contract to Stobart follows an EU public tendering process conducted by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in accordance with the requirements of EU Council Regulation (EEC) No. 1008/2008 which allows PSOs to airports that serve peripheral or less developed regions.

Kerry Airport managed a total of 325,670 passengers in 2016, that latest year for which figures are available. Of that, 48,712 travelled on the Dublin-Kerry route. Donegal handled 44,156 passengers in 2016.

“The airports in Donegal and Kerry are relatively remote from Dublin and the PSO flight schedules will continue to facilitate return trips within the day to our capital city and onward connections to the UK, Europe and beyond, availing of the wide range of international destinations available at Dublin Airport” the Minister said.

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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