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31-12-2017, 09:11   #1
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Kerry Airport - News & Updates

There is not a whole lot of discussion about Ireland's regional airports in this forum so I thought it might be a good idea to start a thread on Kerry Airport (KIR/EIKY).

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Some recent developments:

- Building work is underway on departures lounge upgrade (extending the existing lounge slightly apron side) and a new pre-boarding holding area . This is only the second major change to the early 1990s terminal building following the new passenger and baggage screening area added a few years ago.

- A new aircraft hanger build towards the end of the old runway was completed earlier this year. Interestingly, there has been no announcement about it at all. You can catch a small glimpse of it in this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzDrvpYVy8s

- A new Ryanair Kerry-Berlin SXF was launched in October. Although it is continuing this summer and a lot of effort is made to advertise it by the airport and local tourism authorities, my impression is that it is struggling to generate reasonable yields. Even the long established Hahn route suffers in winter so I hope Ryanair gives it some time to prosper.

- An announcement for the 2018-2022 Kerry-Dublin PSO is eminent.
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02-01-2018, 13:22   #2
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Munster Joinery built the new hanger, it's accessed via the gate behind the club hanger.
I heard ownership transfers to the airport after 20 years.
I also heard that 2017 was a record year for private AC and biz jets.
I'm open to be corrected though.
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The new hangar is a semi private endeavour, with hangarage available for rental for visiting or based executive aircraft. There may be another hangar identical to it being built next to it in the near future...

Bizjets in particular seem to be moving through KIR in ever increasing numbers.
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No surprise Munster Joinery built a hanger given that they have one permanently based aircraft (N272NR) and I believe they may have a 2nd one, Cessna 525A that often departs Kerry using a similar callsign?
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The new hangar is a semi private endeavour, with hangarage available for rental for visiting or based executive aircraft. There may be another hangar identical to it being built next to it in the near future...

Bizjets in particular seem to be moving through KIR in ever increasing numbers.
Feck'n magic!
The building, renovation and cute marketing of new super-grade hotels and golf courses in the county is playing no small part in this.
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Not sure if this is the right place to post this, but does anyone know if Ryanair will be providing flights from Kerry to Faro this summer? There are no dates shown on their website.
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Not sure if this is the right place to post this, but does anyone know if Ryanair will be providing flights from Kerry to Faro this summer? There are no dates shown on their website.
Appears to have gotten the chop alright.
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Appears to have gotten the chop alright.
Thanks. Has that been confirmed, or is there a possibility that it might be reinstated later in the year?
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Thanks. Has that been confirmed, or is there a possibility that it might be reinstated later in the year?
Not confirmed however these thing never are. If it's not in the engine now it won't be, I've never seen a case where a route which has ran already in previous summers was put in this late.

This is my opinion, but it's a fairly certain opinion.
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That is a loss for the airport. At its its peak, Faro generated some 20,000 passengers for the airport and was even more popular than Alicante in 2012 and 2014.
Faro passenger numbers (inbound and outbound)
2012: 20,182
2013: 19,617
2014: 18,688
2015: 8,701
2016: 8,432
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That's quite a decline, I haven't been keeping much of an eye on Kerry, but I think it was reduced in it's running season in 2015?

The increase in the service from Shannon and Cork hardly helped.
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Ryanair loaded the usual extra capacity flights about a month ago e.g. Usual 2nd Cork tenerife flight in summer so probably unlikely. Reality is kerry people will travel
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Good news.

Faro is back. Twice weekly Ryanair flights from June-September, meaning 9 additioanal flights compared to 2017.
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Bizzare, never seen this happen before.

Good news no doubt.
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Judging by the post on Kerry’s Facebook page, management had to do some persuading to convince Ryanair to operate it
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