Kerry Airport hoping for Government funding to deal with impact of COVID-19

THE 2020 AGM of Kerry Airport Plc at Ballygarry House Hotel Tralee was presented to Shareholders via an online link. After a positive year in 2019, CEO John Mulhern said the present loss of revenue at Kerry Airport is unprecedented, profound and directly resulting from travel restrictions, however John Mulhern is confident the Government is fully aware of the steep downward trajectory in the financial position at all Airports and will in due course announce industry specific financial measures to support us through the industry's continued ‘lockdown'. PICTURED WERE L/R Pictured at the meeting were : L/R John O'Sullivan, Secretary Kerry Airport plc , John Mulhern Chief Executive Officer Kerry Airport plc and Denis Cregan Chairman Kerry Airport PLC . Photo By Domnick Walsh © Eye Focus LTD Tralee Co Kerry Ireland Mobile Phone : 00 353 87 26 72 033 Land Line : 00 353 66 71 22 981 E/Mail : [email protected] Web Site : ALL IMAGES ARE COVERED BY COPYRIGHT ©

Kerry Airport has appealed for additional Government funding for this and next year to cope with the major impact COVID-19 has had.

Passenger numbers at the Farranfore facility were down 99% on last year between April and June.

The company held its online AGM yesterday; its annual report and accounts for 2019 had shown an increase in both passenger numbers and profits last year.

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Hildegarde Naughton travelled to Kerry Airport last week.

Chief Executive of Kerry Airport, John Mulhern says he impressed upon her the need for additional funding for the facility for this and next year, to deal with the impact COVID-19 has had on it.

The Farranfore base has remained open throughout the pandemic and kept on most staff, without seeking State subsidies.

Speaking after the company’s AGM, which was held at Ballygarry House Hotel in Tralee yesterday but made available online for shareholders, Mr Mulhern says he’s hopeful Kerry Airport will benefit from additional government funding: