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|Outside the main terminal building at Kerry Airport|
|IATA: KIR – ICAO: EIKY
|Operator||Kerry Airport Plc|
|Elevation AMSL||112 ft / 34 m|
|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 Arann under the Aer Lingus Regional brand.
The first aircraft to land at Kerry was flown by Captain Milo Carr of the Department of Transport and Power (now the Department of Transport) on 25 August 1969. For ten years the airport was only used by light private aircraft and the occasional chartered cargo flight. The first scheduled service began in July 1979.
It was announced in February 2012, due to the codeshare agreement with AerLingus that the currently operated Dublin service with Aer Arann will be operated from 30 October with Aer Lingus Regional
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. The main shareholders in Kerry Airport are the Kerry Group, bin Mahfouz family, Kerry County Council, Electricity Supply Board (ESB) and Denis Kelleher.
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.
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 Aer Arann
|Ryanair||London-Luton, London-Stansted, 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|
Kerry Airport is approximately 60 miles (97 km) from both Cork and Limerick. Iarnród Éireann's Farranfore railway station is located 0.8 miles (1.3 km) to the south with services to Killarney, Tralee, Cork and Dublin. An airport bus terminal opened in January 2006 which has hourly bus service to Cork, Limerick, Tralee and Killarney. A shuttle bus operates in conjunction with the Ryanair Frankfurt service to Farranfore and Killarney with transfers to Tralee and Dingle.
Car hire and taxi services are available.
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