Aerfort Dhún na nGall
|Elevation AMSL||30 ft / 9 m|
Donegal Airport (Irish: Aerfort Dhún na nGall) (IATA: CFN, ICAO: EIDL) is located 2 NM (3.7 km; 2.3 mi) south-west of Bunbeg, being located at Carrickfinn, a townland in The Rosses, a district in north-west County Donegal, Ireland. The small airport is located right on the county's north-west coast. It is about a 15-minute drive from Dungloe and Gweedore and 45 minutes (in 'good weather') from Letterkenny. It is popularly known within County Donegal as Carrickfinn Airport.
Until the mid-1980s, the runway was a grass strip. This was replaced by a hard surface runway with temporary buildings. The airport started operations in 1986 and was developed with funds and assistance from the Government of Ireland, private investors, Donegal County Council, the International Fund for Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund. In the 1990s the runway was extended to 1,500 m (4,900 ft) and a new terminal building with modern navigational aids and equipment was added.
Stobart Air, operating as Aer Lingus Regional, is the only scheduled airline currently using the airport. They receive public service obligation funding from the Irish Government to subsidise the route to Dublin, a contract that was awarded in 2014, and commenced on 1 March 2015. An ATR42-300 (usually reg no. EI-CBK) is the normal operational aircraft. The service was previously operated (2012 to 2015) by Loganair using a Saab 340 which rotated via Glasgow to provide aircraft and crew replenishment. Prior to Loganair, the service was operated by Aer Arann which has since been taken over by Stobart Air so the current operation effectively reverts to that. On 21 February 2007, the Irish Government announced that it would be giving €3.8 million to the airport in capital grant money.
CityJet operated a Saturday seasonal charter flight to Rotterdam between April and September using a Fokker 50 but his has not run in recent years. Aer Arann operated flights to Cork via Dublin in 2009 until they reduced their Cork-Dublin service to six times per week. The route closed in March 2010.
Due to the large gas field in the area, non-scheduled chartered helicopter flights connect the multiple offshore installations to the airport. Eastern Airways operate a chartered service to Aberdeen for this. Their 50-seat Saab 2000 aircraft are the largest aircraft to be seen regularly at the airport.
Airlines and destinations
|Aer Lingus Regional
operated by Stobart Air
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- Traffic permitted: Instrument flight rules/Visual flight rules
- Strength Pavement Classification Number (PCN): 21/F/B/X/T
- Tower Frequency: 129.80 MHz
- Navigational Aids: Non-directional beacon (NDB) 361 kHz "CFN", Distance measuring equipment (DME) 110.3 MHz "IFN", Localizer LLZ 110.3 MHz "IFN"
- PDF). AIP and charts from the Irish Aviation Authority. (
- "Editorial: Dempsey announces PSO contracts for regional air routes". www.breakingnews.ie. 13 May 2008. Retrieved 3 August 2009.
- "Press Release: New 2008 Chartered Air Service from the Netherlands to Donegal Announced". Fáilte Ireland. 13 May 2008. Retrieved 3 August 2009.
- "Editorial: Aer Arann wings in new routes across Ireland". Irish Examiner. 25 June 2009. Retrieved 3 August 2009.
- AER ARANN ANNOUNCE NEW ROUTE TO GLASGOW
Media related to Donegal Airport at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website
- Current weather for EIDL at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for CFN at Aviation Safety Network