Kerry Airport Chairman says current Dublin service isn’t fit for purpose

The current Kerry Dublin flight service isn’t fit for purpose.

That’s according to the Chairman of Kerry Airport, Denis Cregan, who was speaking at the facility’s AGM yesterday.

He says they’re hoping a third daily Dublin flight will be added when they sign a new PSO contract.

Kerry Airport’s current PSO agreement, where the government funds the Kerry Dublin route, runs out in 2018, and discussions have already begun with the Government and the carrier on a new contract.

Chairman of Kerry Airport, Denis Cregan says they’d ideally like to have a third daily Dublin flight included in the new contract, as the current twice daily service isn’t fit for purpose.

He says the Dublin flights are currently averaging 70% full; he feels if they got this up to the mid-70s, a third flight would be viable.

He feels it’s very important existing customers increase their support for the route, and that the airport promotes the service to potential customers using other modes of transport.

Denis Cregan says if the new PSO doesn’t include a third daily flight, it would prove too costly to finance one outside of the agreement, as it would lead to a fare increase.

Mr Cregan also says passengers have indicated that a third, well scheduled flight would result in better connectivity for those hoping to catch other flights from Dublin.