Over 30,000 more people travelled through Kerry Airport in 2018 compared to the previous year.
Figures released today show there was a 12% increase in passengers travelling on flights to and from Dublin, with an 85% load factor on the Berlin route.
From the 1st of January to the 31st of December 2018, over 365,000 passengers passed through Kerry Airport; that’s compared to 335,000 in 2017 and represents a 9% increase year-on-year.
There was a 12% jump in the numbers travelling on the Kerry-Dublin route, which led to Aer Lingus Regional moving from a 48-seat to a 70-seat aircraft to accommodate increased demand.
Ryanair carried 32,000 people on the Kerry-Berlin route in its first year of operation, achieving an 85% load factor – this indicates how many seats are occupied on flights.
Chairman of Kerry Airport, Denis Cregan, says the positive growth in passenger numbers is both welcome and encouraging.
In the past year the airport developed its new-look pre-boarding area and refurbished the Gateway Bar and Restaurant; further improvements in operational facilities are planned for this year.