Ryanair hope to add more routes from Kerry Airport

24 Jul

Kerry Airport could soon see direct flights to Barcelona and Rome according to Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary. The outspoken airline CEO was in Kerry on Monday to launch new flights from Kerry to Dublin and also suggested that additional flights could be laid on from Kerry for All-Ireland weekend if the county was to continue its march to Croke Park. “You could fly easily to five or six of our European bases from Kerry,” Michael O’Leary said. “Flights to Barcelona and Rome during the summer would definitely work. Because we now have a jet aircraft based here in Kerry, it opens the airport up for more flights and we are keen to add them.”. “I’d be disappointed if, in the next four to five years, we didn’t have a direct route to France, Spain and Italy,” he added.

The Ryanair CEO also pointed at the possible introduction of further UK routes to add to its existing London flights. “There are 50 million people in the UK only an hour away, the airport here has to be looking to take advantage of that,” Michael O’Leary remarked. “We will keep working with them to find new route opportunities, routes that will work,” he added.

Ryanair is hoping to carry a total of 100,000 passengers on the new Dublin route this year, and to increase its overall tally from Kerry Airport from 250,000 to 400,000 passengers on its four Kerry routes in the next full 12 months. “Kerry Airport is vital tourism infrastructure. Kerry is not easily accessible by motorway or rail, it still takes five hours, we should be focusing on getting more Europeans in here using the airport as a gate-way,” he added. The tantalising prospect of new routes out of Kerry Airport come as a ray of sunshine for the airport which had a difficult 2007, with revenues falling by almost half a million euro.

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