Emerald Airlines, which operates the Public Service Obligation (PSO) air route between Donegal and Dublin, today said it flew a record number of passengers on the route during April.

The airline also operates the Aer Lingus Regional network.

Emerald Airlines offers up to four flights daily linking Donegal and Dublin.

Ciarán Smith, Head of Commercial at Emerald Airlines, said that forward bookings on the route are also looking positive ahead of the key the summer months.

"Enabling same-day trips to and from Donegal, we envision the summer months to only increase the popularity of this route," Mr Smith said.

As we are continuing to see a large demand for passengers travelling for leisure purposes to Donegal, we are hopeful that a bumper summer season is in store for the tourism industry in the region," he added.

The Managing Director of Donegal Airport, Eilís Docherty, said the airport was delighted with the positive growth in passenger numbers since Emerald Airlines commenced flights on February 26.

"Anticipating further growth over the summer, we expect passenger numbers to meet or exceed pre-pandemic (2019) levels by year end," she added.