Statement by Brendan Griffin TD (FG) Kerry
Wednesday, 18 June 2014
KERRY Fine Gael TD, Brendan Griffin, has received confirmation in the Dáil today (Wednesday) that the current Kerry/Dublin flights contract, due to expire in November, will be extended to February 2015 to allow the tender process for a new contract for 2015 and beyond to be completed without a break in the service, especially over the busy Christmas period.
Deputy Griffin, who tabled a special Topical Issues debate on the matter, described the development as positive news and also welcomed confirmation from Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar, that he plans to seek tenders for the new Kerry/Dublin contract shortly.
Deputy Griffin said:
“I pointed out the need for Kerry/Dublin flights for tourism, business, investment and jobs and also the viability of the airport itself, which by existing, allows for other routes in and out of Kerry, which brings enormous spending to the Kerry economy.
“I am glad that Minister Varadkar has given this extension of the contract and I commend him for his continued support of Kerry Airport, having previously renewed the Kerry Dublin route contract in 2011 until November of this year and also his continued allocation of substantial regional airport support funding.
“The airport is a vital cog in the wheel that is the Kerry economy and I for one will not be found wanting when it comes to putting my shoulder to the wheel at any time. I look forward to the tender process beginning as soon as possible and am hopeful that there will be a positive outcome from that process.
“On a related matter, I also contacted Ryanair last week about an opening that I see in the market for a Kerry/northern UK route. This is something that I feel airlines could look at, as the anecdotal evidence available to me indicates that there would be strong take up on such a route.”
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