The Kerry to Dublin route operated by Aer Lingus Regional has experienced its 16th consecutive month of growth, growing passenger numbers by 39% for the month of June. Passenger numbers grew 32% in the first six months of the year. Aer Lingus Regional says the sustained growth on the route has helped to contribute to an increase in connecting flights through Dublin’s transatlantic hub in North America. The airline’s Donegal to Dublin route enjoyed its fifth consecutive month of growth since taking over the Donegal PSO in February, with passenger numbers up 11.3% on June 2014. Operated by Stobart Air, the airline’s load factor for the month of June was at 74%, compared to 70% in June 2014. Overall, the airline has experienced a 3.4% growth in passenger numbers in the year to date, flying over 562,000 passengers in the first six months of 2015. Aer Lingus Regional currently operates 640 flights per week across 27 routes from 20 departures points throughout Ireland, the UK and France. The airline recently celebrated its five millionth passenger milestone. Aer Lingus Regional was awarded the tender to provide air services on the PSO routes from Kerry to Dublin and Donegal to Dublin last November.