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.”
Kerry County Council today announced the €97m route will be officially opened on Friday 16th August at 12:00pm by Minister Jimmy Deenihan.
The bypass was originally due to open in March; however contractors BAM said this date would be delayed due to a number of factors including uncovering deposits of limestone, as well as heavy rainfall last year.
Friday’s opening now means the bypass is open in time for this year’s Rose of Tralee Festival, and expected to reduce journey times through Tralee by at least 8 to 10 minutes. Kerry South Deputy for Fine Gael, Brendan Griffin has welcomed the announcement.
via Radio Kerry News
A Kerry County Councillor says the speed limits should be displayed alongside signs for speed camera zones. It comes as more stretches of road are added to the speed camera network. There are now 727 Go Safe or speed camera zones across the country. 243 zones were recently added, however, following more up to date collision date Gardai opted to remove 34 areas. 10 zones have been added in Kerry.
The new speed camera zones in Kerry:
- R552 Aghanagran Lower to Ballyline West,
- R551 Rahoonagh to Gortagurrane West,
- R551 Ballymacquin Lower to Buncurrig,
- N22 Curraglass to Drominaharee,
- R551 Knockanush West to Clashaphuca,
- R555 Knockaderreen to Craggane,
- N70 Tullig Beg to Laharan,
- N21 Ballyseedy to Ballymacthomas,
- N70 Lacka to Claddanure East and crossing the border into Limerick,
- N21 Ahane in Kerry to Kilkinlea Lower in Limerick.
via Radio Kerry News
28 new speed black spots have been identified in Kerry by the Gardai. The new areas will be subject to closer scrutiny by speed cameras. An additional 243 stretches of road have been further identified as having a collision history suitable for inclusion as a speed enforcement zone.
60% of these roads are regional/local roads while the remaining are national roads. In total therefore there are now 727 identified speed enforcement zones representing 2,354 kilometres – or 2.5% of the road network in Ireland. 48% of all fatal collisions in the five year period 2006 to 2012 occurred on these 727 sections of road.
Kerry’s roads budget for 2013 has been slashed by over a third. Overall funding is down from €62.5m last year to just €40.6m for 2013, a reduction of 35%.
Just 2% of Kerry’s roads will be resurfaced, according to head of roads with Kerry County Council, Charlie O’Sullivan who said the temporary measure of pothole filling would continue.
The reduction in budget will also mean that NO seasonal workers will be hired this year.
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.