Passenger numbers were up last year in Kerry Airport despite the loss of the PSO contract and the economic downturn. The airport’s annual results for the 14 month period up until December 2010, show that 424,599 people used the facility; that’s up 3% of the previous 12 months. The company’s accounts cover 14 months, as its accounting period changed to a calendar year ending in December.
Although passenger numbers at Kerry Airport were up as a whole, the Dublin route was down 33%, while London dropped 4%. The numbers travelling between Kerry and Germany was up 19%; and the new routes to Alicante and Faro, as well as the resumption of the Manchester route, helped to increase overall passenger numbers last year.
Kerry Airport’s operating profit for the 14 month period to December was almost €248,000; that’s 3.3% of gross revenue, and is an increase from a rate of 2.9% for the previous 12 months.
Chairman of Kerry Airport Denis Cregan says a growth in traffic is satisfactory, compared to a drop nationally of 10%. He says the ending of the PSO between Kerry and Dublin last November had an impact on both final passenger numbers and profits, however he feels the real impact will be felt in their final 2011 results.
Kerry Airport will hold its AGM on July 26th in the Earl of Desmond Hotel, Tralee. (via Radio Kerry News)