Passenger numbers at Kerry Airport jump 6%

Passenger numbers at Kerry Airport increased by six per cent last year.

The Farranfore facility has released its annual report and accounts for 2016.

325,670 passengers used Kerry Airport last year compared to just over 307,000 in 2015.

Numbers on the Kerry-Dublin route rose ten per cent, there was a nine per cent increase on Frankfurt-Hahn and the London routes jumped by four per cent.

Profit after tax was almost €288,000; up from around €31,000 the previous year.

Over half a million euro was spent on safety and security equipment.

Negotiations for a new PSO contract for the Kerry Dublin route are continuing with the Department of Transport seeking to renew the PSO for a minimum of three years.

Chairman of Kerry Airport Denis Cregan said the continue to seek new opportunities within the airline industry and a new twice-weekly service to Berlin will begin in November.

The airport will hold its AGM at the Earl of Desmond, Tralee on June 1st.