Stobart Air has bid a fond farewell to Captain Seán Flanagan, who operated his last Kerry-Dublin flight on 26 April ahead of his retirement from the airline. Throughout his career, Capt. Flanagan operated over 20,000 flights spanning 22 years with the airline.
Prior to his departure and his last flight, Kerry Airport hosted a small gathering to say farewell to an experienced and distinguished colleague and friend.On arrival to runway 10 at Dublin Airport, Capt. Flanagan received the customary farewell from the Fire Department when the rescue vehicles met the aircraft after landing and escorted him onto stand.Capt. Flanagan was joined on his penultimate flight by his son Caolan who followed in his father’s footsteps and is a captain also.
In the 22 years since joining the airline in 1998, Stobart Air has grown from a small domestic airline to becoming one of the largest regional airlines in Western Europe with a route network encompassing 27 routes and regular operations to 17 airports.
Capt. Flanagan contributed immensely to the development of the airline following a distinguished career characterised by a strong sense of dedication, commitment and loyalty.
Since joining the company, Capt. Flanagan operated numerous aircraft types in the Stobart Air fleet including ATR42-300, ATR72-201, ATR72-500, ATR72-600 and the ATR42-600 with his last flight logged on EI-GEV named St. Ita.
Bidding a fond farewell and appreciation today, Managing Director of Stobart Air, Andy Jolly said:
“During his 22 years, Seán has been known for his professional and thorough approach to flying and is respected by all. I wish to acknowledge his dedication and hard work and we wish him well in his retirement.”