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Aer Arann Chairman Padraig O'Ceidigh with Meabhdh Daly (aged 5) pictured in Kerry Airport for the launch of the Aer Arann Regional Kerry-Dublin service
(Thursday, 3rd November 2011) Kerry’s business and tourism received a welcome boost today as Aer Arann Regional’s first flights from Kerry to Dublin took to the skies from Kerry Airport.
From today, Aer Arann will fly twice a day from Kerry to Dublin offering both business and leisure travellers the opportunity to spend a full business day in Dublin or the ability to connect to UK, European and global services from Dublin Airport.
To mark the occasion, passengers travelling on the first flights from Kerry and Dublin Airports enjoyed complimentary refreshments in the departure areas prior to boarding.
Aer Arann's Karen McCarthy, Kerry Airport Chairman Denis Cregan, Aer Arann Chairman Padraig O'Ceidign and Aer Arann's Melanie Fitzgerald pictured at Kerry Airport
Aer Arann Chairman, Padraig O’Ceidigh, who was in Kerry Airport for the launch, remarked, “The Kerry Dublin route is a fundamental part of the infrastructure that is required to promote economic recovery and sustainable growth in the years ahead and this is reflected in the fact that the Government has continued to designate this as a Public Service Obligation Route.”
“We all recognise the vital importance of regional air connectivity in general and the key role that this air link to Dublin provides for business, tourism and leisure travel. This was one of the most successful routes in the Aer Arann network and we will work very hard with our partners in Kerry Airport to make it a success again,” he continued.
Welcoming the return of the service, Kerry Airport Chairman Denis Cregan said, “Kerry Airport is delighted to support Aer Arann’s Kerry-Dublin service which is vital for Kerry’s tourism industry and economic development.
Passengers will be able to take advantage of the conveniently timed flights to and from the capital which are ideal for both the business and leisure passengers and we look forward to welcoming Aer Arann passengers through Kerry Airport today and long into the future,” he continued.
Representatives from Kerry’s business and tourism sectors were at Kerry Airport today to show their support for the Aer Arann Regional service including the Mayor of Kerry Cllr. Tim Buckley, County Manager Tom Curran, as well as members of the Oireachtas and Killarney and Tralee Chambers of Commerce.
Flights on the Kerry-Dublin service will be operated by an Aer Arann ATR 42 aircraft with 48 seats. Return flights from Kerry to Dublin start from €70 including taxes and are available for booking on www.AerArann.com.