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Published on August 7th, 2020 | by Alan Dwyer

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Profits up at Kerry Airport

Profits rose at Kerry Airport last year with operating profit after tax at Kerry Airport was just over €1 million (€1,020,341), up €54,000 on 2018. Turnover increased by €700,000 to €8.6 million, reflecting an increase in aircraft and passenger related revenue. The airport recorded an overall 1.2% increase with passenger numbers travelling through Farranfore reaching nearly 370,000.

While Kerry Airport remained open and operational during the COVID-19 lockdown due to the continued operation of the daily PSO route to Dublin operated by Aer Lingus Regional, the airport is expected to post signifiant losses for 2020. All other aviation activities were at a minimum. The airports only other scheduled airline Ryanair returned to the airport with services from 1st July. Ryanair have seven routes now operating from Kerry to Frankfurt-Hahn, Berlin, London Stansted and Luton, Manchester, Alicante and Faro.

Kerry Airport has been in operation since 1969 when the first aircraft landed at the site. For several years, the only aircraft to use the airport were private aircraft with the odd charter and some parachuting taking place. The first scheduled flight was in June 1979 when Aer Arann operated flights using an Islander. In the 1980’s, the airport had its runway upgraded and extended and on the 22nd May 1989 the first scheduled flight from Dublin by Aer Lingus followed the next day by Ryanair from London-Luton. The runway was extended again in 1994 with a length of 2,000 metres.

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