TRALEE Chamber Alliance has extended an invitation to the Editor of The Irish Times to visit Kerry’s Capital via Kerry Airport to learn first-hand the important role the airport plays in the development of the economy in the county.

The Managing Consultant of Tralee Chamber Alliance, Ken Tobin, said: “A so-called analysis in Saturday’s Irish Times was typical of an inside-The-Pale view of how the regions should bow down to superior government investment in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick. Kerry Airport is a vital element when connecting this region from a business and tourism perspective and is deserving of increased State support considering the distance from Kerry to Dublin. Not only does Kerry Airport service the county of Kerry, Ireland’s most popular tourist destination outside Dublin, but it is an essential gateway to the entire region. The retention of the PSO service between Kerry Airport and Dublin Airport was achieved due to steady increase in passenger numbers on the route year on year and an expectation of further growth in volumes to date.”

Last Saturday’s article, which was not attributed to any particular journalist, questioned whether Longford, Carrick-On-Suir and Bailieborough should all have airports simply because Kerry has an airport.

This ridiculous statement did not take into consideration the fact that the three towns in question are all less than two hours away – only 126km, 159km and 93km respectively – from Dublin Airport and all on motorways.

It takes 3½ hours to drive from Tralee to Dublin Airport at off-peak times, while the journey from somewhere like Waterville is 4 hours 45 minutes, the first two and half hours of which are spent on national roads before joining the M7 from Limerick.

“If nothing else, the Irish Times article has further highlighted the need for increased Government investment into Kerry Airport to help it expand on the services being demanded and realise its full potential. The continuance of the PSO is of utmost importance to local industry and tourist interests and the value to the county is well known and understood by all who have used these services over the past 10 years,” said Ken Tobin.

Kerry Airport is ideally located for anyone wishing to travel on business or pleasure with direct flights to seven destinations including: London Luton, London Stansted, Frankfurt-Hahn, Berlin Schönefeld SXF, Alicante & Faro (summer) with Ryanair, and to Dublin with Aer Lingus Regional offering connections to the United States and Middle East.

Kerry Airport is a member of Tralee Chamber Alliance.

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