Kerry Airport To Begin Talks With Ryanair In Coming Days As Airline Prepares To Operate Route Between Dublin Airport And Kerry Airport
It has emerged that Kerry Airport will begin talks with Ryanair in coming days as the airline prepares to begin operating flights between Dublin Airport and Kerry Airport.
Ryanair announced last week that it will operate flights on the route from July 28, but Kerry Airport CEO John Mulhern immediately responded to the announcement by saying that it was "premature and inaccurate".
However, as reported by The Irish Times, Kerry Airport has now said in a statement that it will begin talks with Ryanair ahead of the airline's planned July 28 launch of flights on the route, which was previously operated by Stobart Air before it ceased trading.
The statement reportedly said, "Ryanair has notified Kerry Airport that it intends to operate the route once a day until the end of August and has committed to restoring a twice-daily service from September."
Ryanair has pledged to operate the route commercially, without the state subsidy that was paid to Stobart Air, reportedly saving taxpayers €3.95 million.
The government recruited Ryanair after seeking bids from airlines interested in taking over the public service contract from Stobart Air, and Ryanair has reportedly stressed that it will require both Kerry and Dublin airports to lower passenger charges to ensure that the route is viable.
Kerry Airport reportedly said that it is looking forward to welcoming passengers on board the Dublin-Kerry flights, which its statement reportedly added are open for bookings.
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