Kerry Airport

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Kerry Airport
Farranfore Airport
Aerfort Chiarraí
Kerry Airport.jpg


KIR is located in Ireland
Location of airport in Ireland
Airport type Public
Operator Kerry Airport Plc
Serves Tralee / Killarney, Ireland
Location Farranfore, County Kerry
Elevation AMSL 112 ft / 34 m
Coordinates 52°10′51″N 009°31′26″W / 52.18083°N 9.52389°W / 52.18083; -9.52389 (Kerry Airport)Coordinates: 52°10′51″N 009°31′26″W / 52.18083°N 9.52389°W / 52.18083; -9.52389 (Kerry Airport)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 2,000 6,562 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 295,521
Passenger change 13–14 Decrease 3.4%
Source: Irish AIS[1]

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[1] of Killarney and the Ring of Kerry, and 8 nautical miles (15 km; 9.2 mi) south-east[1] of Tralee. Passenger services are operated by Stobart Air for Aer Lingus Regional, and Ryanair.[3]


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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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 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.[citation needed]

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 20 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.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6]

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.[citation needed] Aer Arann was later rebranded as Stobart Air.

Government support[edit]

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.[7]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aer Lingus Regional
operated by Stobart Air
Ryanair Hahn, London-Luton, London-Stansted
Seasonal: Alicante, Faro


5 busiest international routes (2014)[8]
Rank Airport Passengers  % Change
1 London Luton 102,543 Increase06%
2 London Stansted 63,155 Decrease018%
3 Frankfurt Hahn 50,085 Decrease011%
4 Faro 18,688 Decrease05%
5 Alicante 16,316 Decrease026%

Passenger numbers on the Dublin route operated by Aer Lingus Regional, increased by 13.5% in 2014.[8]

Ground transportation[edit]

By Train[edit]

Iarnród Éireann's Farranfore railway station is located 1.6 kilometres (0.99 mi) to the south with services to Killarney, Tralee, Mallow, Cork, Limerick Junction and Dublin Heuston.

By Road[edit]

Kerry Airport is located on the N23 approximately 94 kilometres (58 mi) from Limerick and approximately 106 kilometres (66 mi) from Cork . Dublin is around 286 kilometres (178 mi) away from the airport. The N22 connects Tralee and Killarney where the N23 joins up with. Car Rental services at Kerry Airport are located in the Long Term Car Park,[9] with Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar and offering services. Kerry Airport also offers taxis from directly outside the terminal entrance.

By Bus[edit]

An airport bus terminal opened in January 2006. Services from Kerry Airport to Abbeyfeale/Adare, Castleisland, Cork, Dublin, Farranfore, Galway, Killarney, Limerick and Tralee.[10]


  1. ^ a b c EIKY – KERRY (PDF). AIP and charts from the Irish Aviation Authority.
  2. ^ "Kerry Airport passenger numbers down 4% in 2014". The Irish Times. 26 May 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Kerry Airport Timetables". Kerry Airport. Retrieved 10 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "About Kerry Airport". Kerry Airport. 2014. Retrieved 10 January 2011. 
  5. ^ Donal Hickey (4 June 2010). "Kerry Airport reports 11% fall in passengers". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 10 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "20 jobs to go at Kerry Airport". RTÉ News. 5 January 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "Ryanair will take up Kerrry offer". RTÉ News. 15 May 2008. 
  8. ^ a b "Kerry Airport passenger numbers down 4% in 2014". The Irish Times. 26 May 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "Car Rental". Kerry Airport. Kerry Airport. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  10. ^ "Bus Éireann Timetable" (PDF). Kerry Airport. Kerry Airport. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Kerry Airport at Wikimedia Commons