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The Aer Lingus Regional Kerry Dublin route was up 24% in July, representing a 17th consecutive month of growth.

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The route is up 31% in the year to date.

Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, has recorded an 81% passenger load factor for the month of July, according to figures released today.

The airline’s passenger load is up from 78% for the same period last year.

Overall, Aer Lingus Regional flew over 133,000 passengers in July of this year.

It currently operates 640 flights per week across 27 routes from 20 departures points throughout Ireland, the UK and France.

Aer Lingus Regional was awarded the tender to provide air services on the Public Service Obligation routes from Kerry to Dublin and Donegal to Dublin last November.

The airline’s Donegal to Dublin route enjoyed its sixth consecutive month of growth since taking over the Donegal PSO in February, with passenger numbers up 7% on July 2014.

Commenting on July’s figures, Martin Saxton, Chief Commercial Officer at Stobart Air, says the continued growth of the PSO routes demonstrates their importance to the local economies in Kerry and Donegal, particularly in relation to regional connectivity and tourism.