Aer Arann to operate Kerry/Dublin route

Aer Arann will operate the Kerry Dublin route for the next three years. The Irish airline has been awarded the contract by The Department of Transport. Ryanair, British Midlands and city jet also made bids for the route which is government subsidised. At present, Aer Arann is getting an annual subsidy of over 4 million euro from the government to run the route. However, it appears this subsidy will now be cut to around 3 million euro annually. Under the new contract which starts on July 22nd, Aer Arann will provide three daily return services on the Kerry route. Earlier this year, the airline was criticised for delays on a number of flights on its Dublin Kerry and other routes. However, this problem with delays now appears to have been resolved. Minister John O` Donoghue has welcomed the news.