Kerry Dublin air route may be under threat.

The Kerry Dublin air route could be under threat if the Government acts on a consultants’ report. DKM point out that each passenger on flights from Farranfore costs the taxpayer 100 euro. Their report recommends sharply reducing the level of subsidy which could mean just one flight a day. This report will concern airport management because it could signal the end of subsidies for the flights to Dublin. It baldly states the current system is not delivering value-for-money.Economic consultants DKM want little or no compensation for the Kerry route and suggests the use of a larger jet. However, this would mean cutting the level of service from four flights a day to just one. After the departure of Aer Lingus three years ago, the uncertainty ended with the arrival of Aer Arann, which then added an extra rotation to boost the service. The contract signed two years ago gives the airline over 14 million euro to run four flights daily to and from Dublin. When the revised contract was signed in early 2002, the Government ordered a review of the PSO system.

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