Kerry Airport to receive over €1.1 million in grant aid

Kerry Airport is to receive over €1.17 million in grant aid.

Minister of State at the Department of Transport with responsibility for Aviation, Hildegarde Naughton made the announcement today.

In total, almost €2.5 million will be provided to Kerry, Donegal and Knock airports from the Exchequer.

This allocation of €1,178,595 will go towards safety and security at Kerry Airport.

The Farranfore-based airport is to receive the largest amount of grant aid out of the three regional airports; €276,871 has been allocated for Donegal and Ireland West (Knock) will receive €1,000,524.

Minister Hildegarde Naughton says this grant aid honours commitments in the Programme for Government to deliver funding that will support services and ensure safety at our regional airports.

She says the Government recognises the value of aviation to economic development, international connectivity and tourism.

Minister Naughton also acknowledges the difficulties being faced by the aviation sector this year and says she is hopeful this funding will help airports to deliver critical investment during this difficult period and to support them in planning for a time beyond COVID-19.

The Minister also intends to examine supports for regional airports over the coming weeks and to finalise a new five-year Regional Airports Programme in the Autumn.