Kerry Airport has attracted a prestigious aviation conference to the county from June 2nd to 5th. Connect Aviation is a forum for airlines, airports, regulatory bodies, suppliers and tourism bodies. The 450 attendees will hear from experts including Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs, John Weatherill, Richard Carcaillet and Ruth Andrews. For further details see connect-aviation.com
The CONNECT organisers are delighted to announce that the 12th International Aviation Forum will take place from the 3rd – 5th June 2015 in Killarney, County Kerry.
Hosted by Destination Kerry and Kerry Airport, and supported the local and national tourism industry, the CONNECT conference will bring together more than 400 leading aviation professionals to meet, discuss and shape their future networks across Europe and beyond.
“Destination Kerry in collaboration with its tourism partners are looking forward to the opportunity to showcase the destination and highlight to the key industry players what we have to offer” said Peter McDermott, Chairman of Destination Kerry. “Kerry is Ireland’s jewel in the crown of tourism. The area attracts visitors from every corner of the globe, with its main source of visitors coming from the USA, UK, Germany and France. Hosting CONNECT in 2015 will bring a focus on access to Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, one of Ireland’s main tourist attractions, of which Kerry accounts for 440km of the coastal drive. Overseas visitor numbers were up 13.6% for the first 6 months of 2014 – a trend we hope to improve on with increased seat capacity.”
“This year Kerry hopes to add a new dimension to the successful CONNECT event by inviting Tour Operators from around Europe to CONNECT 2015” explains Carol O’Donoghue, Route Development and Marketing Manager at Kerry Airport. “Tour Operators bring thousands of visitors to Kerry and Ireland every year and we believe they are vital partners in a leisure destination’s route development activities. We hope to include them at the early stages of any discussions.”
Ryanair have announced that they will be increasing the frequency of their Kerry – Stanstead route from November:
Ryanair Increases Kerry-London Stansted Route To Daily Return Flight
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Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra-low cost airline, today (21 Aug) announced that it will increase the number of flights between Kerry and London Stansted from three return flights per week to a daily return flight from 7 Nov. Ryanair, which already offers a daily return flight between Kerry and London Luton, will now offer passengers in the South West a choice of two daily services to London giving them more options and flexibility at Ryanair’s lowest fares.
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)
Flights between Kerry Airport and the second largest city in the UK are set to increase for the summer season. Aer Arann has announced flights on the Kerry-Manchester route will increase from four to six flights per week.
The two additional flights each week will take effect from July 23rd and will continue until September 3rd. The news means there will be a Kerry-Manchester service operating on Wednesdays and Saturdays during that period. Director of Corporate Affairs for Aer Arann, Andrew Kelly said his airline was responding to demand for additional services during the summer.
The latest announcement from Kerry Airport regarding the on-going flight cancellations:
Kerry Airport is closed today the 21st April. There is a limited number of customer staff working to assist passengers with their queries.
You can keep up to date with all of Kerry Airports announcements on their twitter page @KerryAirport
Aer Arann is to re-introduce its service between Kerry Airport and Manchester. It was suspended in January 2009, as part of a major streamlining of Aer Arann’s operations.
The route is due to start operating again from May 20th, with flights four days a week. It has the potential to bring 20,000 passengers to the region annually. Financial Controller at Kerry Airport, Basil Sheerin, says the service can greatly increase tourism income for Kerry.
via Radio Kerry News