The first batch of honey has been harvested from beehives on Dublin Airport land.

The honey, which has been branded Nect-Air, has been put on the menu in the airport's executive lounges.

Four hives housing up to a quarter of a million Irish dark native honey bees are located beside the airport campus. 

They were installed with the help and advice of the Fingal North Dublin Beekeepers' Association and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. 

The hives are tended to by aircraft engineer Colm Fogarty who has 15 years' experience in beekeeping.

"Honey bees are one of the most important species within our eco-system, they are crucial for the survival of most of our animal and plant population," Mr Fogarty said.

"They are the hardest working insects pollinating hundreds of thousands of flowers and they are incredibly industrious making honey. Nect-Air is result of 250,000 Irish dark native honey bees living and working in the airport apiary feeding on nearby wild plants such as clover, blackberry, bramble and hawthorn," he added.

"This particular blend of flora gives Nect-Air its pleasantly mild, gently sweet flavour, along with its rich texture, warming amber hue, delicate aroma and slightly nutty undertone," according to Mr Fogarty. 

Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said the bees are thriving in excellent environmental conditions on the airport's land.

"We're very proud to be able to serve customers with top quality 100% natural Irish honey produced on our own land.

"This is testament to the fact that the air quality and surrounding vegetation at Dublin Airport is excellent for the bees to pollinate."

Following the successful trial, which produced the first crop of Nect-Air, Dublin Airport now plans to install additional bee hives at other locations on campus and increase honey production.