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.”
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.
Passengers flying from Kerry Airport to Dublin today were treated to a champagne breakfast prior to departure to mark the beginning of the Aer Lingus Regional service. American, Irish and Polish passengers also received mementoes of the trip in the decked out terminal. This is the first Aer Arann flight to leave Kerry under the new Aer Lingus Regional branding. Noel Ryan of Kerry Airport says it’s great to see the shamrock logo back in the skies over Kerry. Flights from Kerry to Dublin will depart daily at 7.30am and 12.30pm and also allow for connecting flights to the USA. Passengers can now book directly from Kerry to New York (JFK), Boston, Chicago and Orlando on aerlingus.com
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)
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
Over 420,000 people passed through Kerry airport last year. Figures published today by the CSO show that 126,000 were on domestic flights, and almost 300,000 on international ones out of the Farranfore airport. The breakdown of figures show that the majority, 151,000 of the passengers, were coming or going on flights to London Stansted. Over 82,000 travelled to and from Frankfurt Hahn in Germany; almost 39,000 to London Luton; almost 17,000 to Manchester; and almost 4,000 to and from Lourdes.