Situation is ‘bleak’ at airport

The boss of Kerry Airport has issued a stark warning about the facility’s future as passenger numbers plunge due to the COVID crisis.

he latest passenger data for Irish Airports was published by the Central Statistics Office last week, and it reveals the enormous scale of the losses faced by Kerry Airport.

In April, May and June, just 808 passengers passed though Kerry Airport compared with 102,534 in the same period last year, a 99.2-per-cent drop.

Compounding the airport’s difficulties, Ryanair has now cut its Manchester and Berlin routes from the schedule for September and October, while the Alicante route, which was due to operate until the end of October, will end on August 31.

Kerry Airport CEO John Mulhern said the situation at Kerry Airport is bleak.

“The figures are stark and the future is not bright. The Government has rowed back on the easing of restrictions at the same time as Ryanair announced a 20-per-cent reduction in flights in the autumn – affecting travel between Kerry and Manchester, Berlin and Alicante,” said Mr Mulhern.

“We are expecting to see further cuts to schedules as the winter months draw near. The devastating impact of the lockdown has been seen in the quarterly passenger figures across the entire aviation sector, and we expect to see many more months, if not years, of toil ahead to recover fully,” he said.

For more, see this week’s business page in The Kerryman – News