Profits and passenger numbers up at Kerry Airport last year

Profits were up at Kerry Airport last year.

Passenger numbers also grew, according to the facility’s annual report and accounts for 2019.

Total passenger numbers at Kerry Airport last year were up 4,500 to almost 370,000 (369,836), an increase of 1.2%.

The Kerry-Dublin route performed well with over 58,000 (58,021) passengers, so too did the London-Stansted, London-Luton, Berlin and Frankfurt-Hahn routes.

Airport management say the sun destinations of Alicante and Faro performed extremely well.

Operating profit after tax at Kerry Airport last year was just over €1 million (€1,020,341), up €54,000 on 2018.

Turnover increased by €700,000 to €8.6 million, reflecting an increase in aircraft and passenger related revenue.

CEO of Kerry Airport, John Mulhern says 2019 was another successful year following on from a very strong 2018.

He says the Public Service Obligation contract on the Kerry-Dublin route remains crucial, as it ensures access to a major hub for growing tourism, and supports the region’s economic development.

On COVID-19, Mr Mulhern says undoubtedly there will be many months, if not years, of toil ahead to recover fully, but travel is now ancillary to the efforts of so many to keep people safe.

The Kerry Airport AGM will be held on September 7th.