Donegal Airport

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Donegal Airport
Aerfort Dhún na nGall


CFN is located in Ireland
Location of airport in Ireland
Airport type Public
Operator Airports Donegal
Serves County Donegal
Location Carrickfinn
Elevation AMSL 30 ft / 9 m
Coordinates 55°02′39″N 008°20′28″W / 55.04417°N 8.34111°W / 55.04417; -8.34111 (Donegal Airport)Coordinates: 55°02′39″N 008°20′28″W / 55.04417°N 8.34111°W / 55.04417; -8.34111 (Donegal Airport)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 1,496 4,908 Bitumen/Macadam
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 33,768
Passenger change 12–13 Increase17.2%
Source: Irish AIS[1] Passengers[2]

Donegal Airport (Irish: Aerfort Dhún na nGall) (IATA: CFNICAO: EIDL) is located 2 NM (3.7 km; 2.3 mi)[1] 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.

Loganair 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 2011. The service was previously operated by Aer Arann under a contract awarded in 2008.[3] On 21 February 2007, the Irish Government announced that it would be giving €3.8 million to the airport in capital grant money.

CityJet operate a Saturday seasonal charter flight to Rotterdam between April and September every year using a Fokker 50.[4] 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.[5]

In February 2010, Aer Arann closed its service to Glasgow Prestwick Airport and relocated to Glasgow International Airport[6]

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.

In October 2011, Aer Arann ceased operations at Donegal due to the loss of the Dublin PSO contract. They also ceased the Glasgow route.

Services operated by Loganair began to Dublin and Glasgow International on 2 November 2011 with Saab 340s. The flights are operated by the 34 seater Swedish made Saab 340. The Dublin route operates twice daily and is subsidised by the Irish Government.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aer Lingus Regional
operated by Stobart Air
Dublin (begins 1 February 2015)[7]
Flybe operated by Loganair Dublin (ends 31 January 2015), Glasgow-International


Passenger numbers
Year Passengers Numbers  % Change
2008 65,539
2009 50,761 Decrease22.5%
2010 46,825 Decrease7.8%
2011 38,309 Decrease18.1%
2012 29,226 Decrease23.7%
2013 33,768 Increase15.5%

Airport data[edit]


External links[edit]

Media related to Donegal Airport at Wikimedia Commons