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Chamber says Kerry-Dublin PSO support must be kept on standby

Jul 15, 2021 17:07 By radiokerrynews
Chamber says Kerry-Dublin PSO support must be kept on standby Chamber says Kerry-Dublin PSO support must be kept on standby
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Tralee Chamber and others are voicing concerns about the future of the Kerry-Dublin flight.

Ryanair announced yesterday that it will begin operating the route later this month.

Ryanair says it plans to resume the Kerry-Dublin flight on a commercial basis from July 26th without the need for the existing government-supported Public Service Obligation (PSO).

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Tralee Chamber says on face value it is very welcome to see the resumption of the flight and Ryanair are a valued partner especially as the airline currently provides critical international connectivity at Farranfore.

However, the chamber says it is very concerned over what appears to be a rushed decision with inadequate consultation, which, it says, could lead to devastating results for Kerry Airport.

It says currently Ryanair is offering one flight per day from Kerry to Dublin, which is wholly inadequate and a minimum of two flights daily is required to allow same-day return.

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The chamber is calling on Transport Minister, Eamonn Ryan to ensure the PSO support is retained “in the wings” should Ryanair decide to pull out of the route.

Chief Executive of Tralee Chamber, Ken Tobin, says there is a danger that Kerry Airport could become collateral damage in such a situation.

Meanwhile, Killarney hotelier, Tom Randles has tweeted to say it is critical that the PSO is maintained for Kerry Airport.

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He believes the route will not survive commercially with a large plane and there may be no route as a result.

 

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