The contract for the Dublin-Kerry Airport route has been offered to Ryanair by the Department of Transport. Ryanair says it is going to review the offer over the coming days before getting back to the Department of Transport. Aer Arann has operated the Kerry-Dublin route over the past six years. Its current contract expires on July 21st.
Currently, Aer Arann offer 27 return flights a week. According to the Department of Transport, if Ryanair accepts the offer, it will provide three daily return services. This amounts to six fewer return flights weekly compared to Aer Arann’s current service, but an higher number of seats as the Ryanair planes have a seating capacity of 189 per plane compared with approx 70 with the Aer Arann planes.