An air link between Glasgow and Donegal in Ireland is to be maintained after the current provider pulls out.

Loganair is stepping in to take over the route after Stobart Air, which flies as Aer Lingus Regional, withdraws its service on March 23.

The new flights start on March 25, with three returns a week year round on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Loganair is to use a 34-seat Saab 340 on the route

Additional summer flights will operate on Wednesdays between June 27 and September 19 and Saturdays from May 26 to November 3 plus a Saturday service at Easter from March 31 until April 14. Prices start at £54.99 one-way.

Loganair has a long history on this route, having flown between Glasgow and Donegal as far back as the early 1990s.

Commercial director Kay Ryan said: “We’re delighted to be returning to Donegal – a region where the airline has a history of service stretching across 30 years.”

“We’re also pleased to able to reassure the local community that there will be complete continuity when the current route provider ceases in March – without any break in service.

“This is an extremely important link which will help families stay connected, travel between the two destinations on holiday or act as a convenient transport option for football fans heading to Glasgow.

“It should also be huge boost for the area’s tourism industries and we’re looking forward to building this traffic in partnership with Donegal Airport in the months to come.”

Donegal airport managing director Anne Bonner said: “We are delighted that Loganair are taking over the operation of the Donegal-Glasgow route, following the current carrier’s decision to cease the service from the end of the winter schedule.

“The Glasgow service is a key part of Donegal airport’s business and the route has been strongly supported over the years, in fact it has become a life-line for many of the Donegal diaspora in Glasgow and other Scottish regions.

“We in will be working closely with the tourism and business development agencies to grow the traffic further and are looking forward to working with the Loganair team to deliver this important service into the future.”