Aer Arran blow to Donegal

An Aer Arann ATR 42 on final approach to Dubli...

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EVERY EFFORT MUST BE MADE TO SECURE FUTURE OF AER ARRAN FOR VIABILITY  OF DONEGAL AND DERRY AIRPORTS
“The appointment of an interim examiner Aer Arran is a matter of serious concern and every effort must be made to secure the future of the airline. Donegal is depending  on the success of Derry and Carrickfin  to attract flights from new destinations to bring business and tourism into the area. Aer Arran is an important player in this process.

“Apart from the need to protect the jobs of the more than 300 employees of the company, Aer Arran is a vital cog in air travel infrastructure.  Aer Arran provides vital flights into City of Derry and Carrickfin airports,in addition to flights from eleven airports on the island of Ireland, serving thirteen airports in the U.K. and France.  

“Were the company to fail it would greatly reduce services  to Carrickfin and Derry.
We depend on these links for tourism and connectivity to Dublin and beyond, a loss of this facility would be a further blow to our tourism industry which is already under great pressure.

“Despite the recent losses, worsened by the volcanic ash crisis, I believe that Aer Arran is a viable concern. I would urge travellers to continue to book and fly with Aer Arran during the period of the examinership. The government and Aer Lingus, for whom it operates a regional franchise, must take all possible steps to ensure that Aer Arran continues as a going concern.”

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About Senator Jimmy Harte

I am a Labour Party Senator based in Donegal North-East and a public representative for the last 16 years. I represented Letterkenny Town Council and Donegal County Council until 28th April 2011 when I was elected to the Senate I attended St Eunan's College in Letterkenny and UCD (Dublin) where I studied psychology to BA level. I also played soccer with UCD first team. I live in Letterkenny and own Harte Insurances which I set up at the age of 24. We have two offices, Letterkenny and Raphoe.
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