Ryanair Takes Over Dublin/Kerry Route

14 Jul 2021 | 10.53 am

Ryanair Takes Over Dublin/Kerry Route

Sweden's Amapola Flyg will fly Donegal/Dublin route

14 Jul 2021 | 10.53 am

Ryanair will operate the Dublin/Kerry air route from July 28 without any subvention or subsidy under the government’s PSO scheme.

The route will be served by one of Ryanair’s Boeing 737 800 aircraft, with one daily rotation, rising to a double daily (morning and evening) service from September 1.

Flights are currently priced at €20. The autumn schedule suits ex-Kerry fliers better than passengers departing Dublin, with the weekday morning ex-Dublin flight scheduled at 6.45am. On weekends the departure time from Dublin Airport is a more leisurely 11am.

CEO Eddie Wilson said: “Ryanair’s double daily service between Dublin and Kerry will quadruple the number of seats on the Kerry/– Dublin route to over 5,000 per week. To make this commercial service viable, we will need lower costs at Kerry and Dublin airports.

“Ryanair as always will stimulate traffic using our unbeatable low fares, which have already seen the successful growth of six international routes to Kerry from London-Stansted, Manchester, Frankfurt, Alicante, Faro and Luton. We hope to build on that success to make this unsubsidised commercial service between Kerry and Dublin viable for the long term.”

Transport minister Eamon Ryan commented: “I believe this is a really good outcome for the Kerry region, providing a higher capacity air service for passengers as the summer season unfolds. It is also good news for the taxpayer as Ryanair will operate the route on a commercial basis. There will be no cost to the Exchequer for the provision of this service.”

On the Donegal/Dublin route, Swedish airline Amapola Flyg will commence a PSO service on July 26.

Amapola Fly started in 2005 as an air freight/cargo operator and more recently expanded its operations to include scheduled passenger services. It currently operates on seven PSO routes in Sweden and Finland

The collapse of Stobart Air on June 12 resulted in immediate cessation of the two subsidised regional air routes.

State funding of €80m has been earmarked for Irish aviation in 2021. As part of this package, €21m is being provided under the Regional Airports Programme (2021-2025) this year, which includes the cost of the PSO subsidies.

Funding was provided to Stobart Air while it operated services on the Donegal/Dublin and Kerry/Dublin air routes. The annual cost of the contract with Stobart Air was over €7m.

Stobart’s contract for the Donegal route was was due to expire on 31 January 2022. Ryan said the current procurement process is for a temporary replacement service for seven months.

The Department of Transport will shortly launch a procurement process for a longer contract of up to four years.

According to the department: “As Ryanair has indicated that it will operate on the Kerry route for the next seven months and beyond, it is not expected that a competition to operate on the Kerry route will be necessary given that Ryanair has indicated that it will operate on the route on a commercial basis without the need for government funding.”

  Ryanair Double Daily Dublin Kerry Schedule from 1 Sept 2021
Departing Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Sat Sun
Dublin 06:45 06:45 06:45 06:45 06:45 11:00 11:00
Kerry 08:05 08:05 08:05 08:05 08:05 12:20 12:20
Dublin 18:00 18:00 18:00 18:00 18:00 19:00 19:00
Kerry 19:20 19:20 19:20 19:20 19:20 20:20 20:20

 

 

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