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|IATA: KIR – ICAO: EIKY
|Operator||Kerry Airport Plc|
|Serves||Tralee / Killarney, Ireland|
|Location||Farranfore, County Kerry|
|Elevation AMSL||112 ft / 34 m|
|Passenger change 12–13||9.2%|
|Source: Irish AIS
Kerry Airport (Irish: Aerfort Chiarraí), often called Farranfore Airport, is an airport in Farranfore, Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland. It is 7 nautical miles (13 km; 8.1 mi) north of Killarney and the Ring of Kerry, and 8 nautical miles (15 km; 9.2 mi) south-east of Tralee. Passenger services are operated by Ryanair and Aer Lingus Regional.
Kerry Airport was incorporated as a public limited company in July 1968 with its main objective of building and managing an airport at Farranfore. Various share capital fund raising programmes were undertaken and together with great assistance from the various statutory bodies over the years, the airport has developed from a runway of 1,090 metres x 23 metres commissioned in 1969 to a runway of 1,239m x 30m commissioned in 1989 and a new runway of 2,000m x 45m was opened in May 1994.
On 25 August 1969 the first aircraft to land at Kerry Airport was piloted by Captain Milo Carr of the Department of Transport & Power. For a number of years the only aircraft using the aerodrome were light private aircraft and the occasional charter or cargo flight and also extensive parachuting took place. The first scheduled service was inaugurated in July 1979 using an islander aircraft operated by Aer Arann.
Encouraged by the apparent success of other regional airports in Ireland, the board of directors drew up a development plan to lengthen and widen the runway to 1,200m x 30m and to extend and upgrade the Terminal Buildings and to install an Instrument Landing System and appropriate lighting.
The runway was completed on schedule and the first scheduled flight into Kerry was on 22 May 1989 from Dublin by Aer Lingus followed the next day by Ryanair from London-Luton. On the 321st May 1993, the contract for the new runway of 2,000m x 45m and New Terminal was signed and the official "Sod Turning" was performed by An Tanaiste, Mr. Dick Spring TD.
The Runway 08/26 was licensed by the Irish Aviation Authority on 20 May 1994 and the first flight landed at 13:23 local time on the 20th May. It was a PA28 aircraft registration G-BLSD from Manchester and was piloted by C.Gurley. This was followed by the first commercial flight by Aer Lingus, a Saab 340. Its registration was EI-CFD and it was commanded by Captain Peter Heinz.
The airport is a public limited company (PLC) but not quoted on any stock exchange. It had an operating profit of €179,329 in 2009 on a turnover of €6,252,221. This represented a fall of 32% from the previous financial year.
In January 2011, it was announced that 20 of the airport's 65 staff would be made redundant due to a fall in passenger numbers following Ryanair's withdrawal from its PSO contract.
It was announced in February 2012, due to the codeshare agreement with Aer Lingus that the currently operated Dublin service with Aer Arann will be operated from 30 October 2012 under the brand Aer Lingus Regional.
The Government of Ireland subvents regional services under a public service obligation programme. A tender is offered for airlines to provide a minimum level of service in return for subsidy and a monopoly of the route. The tender is published in the Official Journal of the European Union. Aer Arann were re-awarded the PSO for the 2005 offer programme but in 2008 it was awarded to Ryanair.
Airlines and destinations
|Aer Lingus Regional
operated by Stobart Air
|Ryanair||London-Luton, London-Stansted, Frankfurt-Hahn
Seasonal: Alicante, Faro
The following table shows international passenger numbers, also included are charter flights or unscheduled flights denoted by * . Not included are the domestic flight numbers to Dublin.
|Airport||Passengers 2010||Passengers 2011||Passengers 2012||Passengers 2013|
An airport bus terminal opened in January 2006 which has hourly bus service to Cork, Limerick, Tralee and Killarney.
Car Hire and Taxis
Car hire and taxi services are available at the airport.
- PDF). AIP and charts from the Irish Aviation Authority. (
- "Kerry Airport Timetables". Kerry Airport. Retrieved 10 January 2011.
- "About Kerry Airport". Kerry Airport. 2014. Retrieved 10 January 2011.
- Donal Hickey (4 June 2010). "Kerry Airport reports 11% fall in passengers". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 10 January 2011.
- "20 jobs to go at Kerry Airport". RTÉ News. 5 January 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2011.
- "Ryanair will take up Kerrry offer". RTÉ News. 15 May 2008.
Media related to Kerry Airport at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website
- Current weather for EIKY at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for KIR at Aviation Safety Network