Ryanair Announces It Will Operate Route Between Dublin And Kerry But Kerry Airport CEO Says Airline's Announcement Is 'Premature And Inaccurate'
Ryanair has announced that it will operate a route between Dublin Airport and Kerry Airport, however, Kerry Airport CEO John Mulhern has said that the airline's announcement is "premature and inaccurate".
In a statement published on its website, Ryanair said it will "launch a commercial, unsubsidised, flight schedule on the Dublin-Kerry route commencing on Wed 28th July without any subvention or subsidy under the Irish government's PSO Scheme."
The airline continued, "his commercial route will save the taxpayer almost €4m p.a. in PSO subsidies, which were previously wasted on failed operations provided by Stobart Air.
"This route will be served by one of Ryanair's Boeing 737 800 aircraft, and will start on Wed 28th July, with one daily rotation, rising to a double daily (morning & evening) service from Wed 1st Sept delivering over 5,000 seats per week. Ryanair will work closely with its partners at Kerry and Dublin airports to minimise costs, so that this commercial service between Dublin and Kerry can survive and thrive without the need for government PSO subsidies, which have failed to deliver a sustainable service in recent years."
Ryanair added, "Fares on this Dublin-Kerry route will start from €19.99 one way, and Ryanair hopes that by providing a double daily schedule on B737 aircraft this Autumn, that Ryanair's low fares can stimulate increased passenger traffic to/from Kerry Airport, building on the success of Ryanair's international flights from Kerry to London, Manchester, Frankfurt, Alicante and Faro."
Ryanair CEO Statement
In a statement also published on Ryanair's website, Ryanair CEO Eddie Wilson said, "Ryanair's double daily service between Dublin and Kerry will quadruple the number of seats on the Kerry-Dublin route to over 5,000 per week."
Wilson added, "Ryanair as always will stimulate traffic using our unbeatable low fares which have already seen the successful growth of 6 international routes to Kerry from London-Stansted, Manchester, Frankfurt, Alicante, Faro and Luton. We hope to build on that success to make this unsubsidised commercial service between Kerry and Dublin viable for the long term.
"These new flights mean that Dublin passengers can readily access Kerry for short breaks, and the people of Kerry can access Dublin for business, for leisure, and also to make flight connections through Dublin Airport. We will be offering the Kerry football team free flights to Dublin in late August, where we hope they will meet (and beat) Dublin in this year’s All-Ireland final."
"Premature And Inaccurate"
However, as reported by The Irish Independent, Kerry Airport's CEO has said that Ryanair's announcement that it will operate a route between Dublin and Kerry is "both premature and inaccurate".
The Irish Independent quotes Mulhern as saying, "While Ryanair has announced its intention to operate a service on the Dublin-Kerry route and commenced the sale of seats, there has been no formal discussion yet with Kerry Airport."
Mulhern reportedly said that Kerry Airport that it has received no notification from Ryanair about the service "and thus the airline’s statement of yesterday, Wednesday July 14th, is both premature and inaccurate."
Kerry Airport is reportedly unable to say whether flights between it and Dublin Airport will operate.
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