The government’s operating grant to Kerry Airport was down almost €200,000 last year.
However, this is being seen as a positive development, as it means the airport is becoming more profitable.
The details were revealed at the airport’s AGM today.
Passenger numbers continue to rise at Kerry Airport; they were up four per cent to over 307,000 last year.
The Kerry Dublin route did particularly well, with a 20 per cent increase in passengers.
The airport’s AGM today heard it had an operating profit of almost €31,000 last year, but turnover was down slight by five per cent to €5.8 million – mainly due to a fall in fuel sales.
The government’s operating grant to the airport was €311,000 – down almost €200,000 on the previous year.
However, Chairman of Kerry Airport Denis Cregan says this proves the Farranfore facility is doing well.
The Dublin route was also lauded for opening up Kerry to destinations in the USA, the Middle East, and Australia, with interlining arrangements where passengers can book flights to far flung destinations, check in their bags in Kerry and collect them only at their final destination.