59,000 passengers travel through Kerry Airport in first three months of this year

Some 59,000 people travelled through Kerry Airport in the first three months of this year.

Last year, 325,000 passengers used the airport, up 6% increase on 2015, with profit after tax up to €256,000.
CSO figures show that 59,034 passengers used Kerry Airport during in the first three months of this year.

March was the busiest month, with 23,000 people using the Farranfore facility, while 18,000 either departed from or arrived there in both January and February.

Last year, 325,000 passengers used the airport, which represents a 6% increase from 2015.

The airport’s annual report shows that turnover was up 4% last year to almost €6 million, with profit after tax at €288,000, up from €31,000 the previous year.

The increased profitability is down to increased Government grants, as well as achieving better margins on a number of revenue streams.

Speaking at the facility’s AGM, Chairman of Kerry Airport, Denis Cregan, says grants are vital for the airport’s operation.

There are 47 people working at the airport, up two, with wages and salaries including directors’ salaries totalling €1.89 million last year, up €90,000.

Income from Kerry Airport’s car park increased almost €25,000 to €320,000 last year.