Posted on: 24 August 2011 by Mark Howells
Aer Arann Regional has welcomed the news that it has been awarded the contract to operate the Kerry–Dublin route until 2014 following a competitive Public Service Obligation (PSO) tender process.
The announcement confirms that the airline will operate the route from Thursday 3 November for a minimum of three years. Two routes were up for tender, Kerry–Dublin and Donegal–Dublin, and Aer Arann submitted applications for both and is says it is pleased to have been awarded one of the two contracts.
Aer Arann Regional CEO Paul Schütz commented, “We are delighted to have been awarded the contract to operate the Kerry–Dublin route and we look forward to once again providing vital services for both tourism and business and to further promote economic development in Kerry and its surrounding regions.”
“We are disappointed that we have not been successful in our tender to continue to operate the Donegal–Dublin route,” he continued. “We have worked very closely with the team at Donegal airport for many years to grow passenger numbers and we regret that the Donegal services will no longer form a part of our network. Aer Arann remains committed to serving the regions of Ireland and we will continue to assess opportunities for additional route development.”
The PSO news, which followed the announcement by Ryanair that it will end its Dublin–Kerry service on 7 September, was welcomed by the Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce (KCTC).
“The fact remains that we need an air link to the capital in order to sustain business and tourism in the region,” said KCTC president Tom Randles. “As a town and certainly as a county we have invested substantial capital in enhancing the region’s tourism and business potential in recent years, but without fast, convenient access, this will severely damage our efforts and impact negatively on the two major industries on which this county depends.”