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
Hosting the CONNECT conference comes at an important time for the region as Kerry Airport, in association with Kerry County Council, Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland, has a strategy to increase inbound tourism through the airport by 40% over the next five years.
Showing his support for CONNECT, Ireland’s Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe said: “I commend Kerry Airport and all of the stakeholders for bringing so many key aviation influencers to Ireland, and to Kerry. It is perfectly in tune with our “People, Place and Policy – Growing Tourism to 2025” policy, where we plan to increase employment in the sector by one-fifth to 250,000. Carol O’ Donoghue, Route Development and Marketing Manager, Kerry Airport said: “We see our hosting role as an important opportunity to showcase everything that Kerry has to offer with a view to growing our route offering.”
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “With hundreds of representatives from all the major airlines and airports due to attend, the CONNECT conference is an exciting opportunity for Kerry and Ireland. Tourism Ireland is committed to working with airlines and airports, to stimulate demand for new flights and to promote existing routes to Ireland.”
50 new jobs are to be created in Farranfore this year, in a new tourism booking website created by the founders of two Kerry based companies.
Stephen O Sullivan of Splash Design and Cathal O’Connell of Paddywagon tours have created DayToursWorld.com after securing funding of 300,000 euro from Enterprise Ireland. The website will allow people to book day excursions all over the world.
Deputies Brendan Griffin and Michael Healy Rae have welcomed the news of the jobs. DayToursWorld will be based at the Farranfore Business Park with a sub office in Dublin.
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.
One of Kerry’s most spectacular viewing parks is to get a €20,00 facelift. Fossa Community and Development Association have begun the work at Aghadoe viewing park which offers views of Killarney’s lakes and mountains.
Kerry County Council has granted a 10 year licence to the association to manage the tourist attraction. The works on the site are being carried out with help from South Kerry Development Partnership.
- Killarney Rugby Club relocating to Aghadoe (kerrynews.wordpress.com)
A group of Killarney jarveys say it’s too early to say how dung catching devices are working. A number of the jarveys returned to work in the National Park today with the devices attached to their jaunting cars. They had been banned from the park by the National Parks and Wildlife Service after they refused to use the dung catchers.
Earlier this month the 27 Killarney based jarveys lost their High Court battle with the NPWS. The jarveys claim the dung-catchers are a health and safety risk – a claim disputed by the NPWS who say the devices are used in a number of countries already. The NPWS said a ban was necessary as the horses were soiling roads and paths. Today the jarveys returned to the National Park with the dung-catchers attached to their jaunting cars. Chairman of the Killarney Jarvey Association, Pat O’Sullivan, says it’s too early to say how the devices are working.
This move by jarveys is being done on a trial basis without prejudice to a Supreme Court appeal to the High Court ruling. A written judgement from the High Court still has to be completed and it’s understood that after this is received an appeal to the Supreme Court could be lodged by the jarveys.
via Radio Kerry News
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