Aer Lingus Regional’s Kerry-Dublin route grew 59% in February 2015 compared to the same period last year, according to new figures released today by the airline.
The airline said that it was the route’s 12th consecutive month of growth, fuelled in part by connecting traffic to North America via Dublin Airport’s transatlantic hub.
In February 2015, 2,855 passengers flew on Aer Lingus Regional’s Kerry-Dublin route, an additional 1,059, or 59% more, than the same period in 2014.
Kerry is one of Ireland’s most popular tourist destination, for both Irish and overseas tourists, and the route is an integral element of the South West’s tourism and transport infrastructure.
Aer Lingus Regional’ operated by Stobart Air was awarded the tender to provide air services on the Public Service Obligation (PSO) routes from Donegal to Dublin and Kerry to Dublin last November.
Aer Lingus Regional has a strong track record on the Kerry-Dublin service, with passenger numbers growing month-on-month over the last 18 months.
Peter O’Mara, Business Development Director at Stobart Air, said:
“We are extremely pleased with Aer Lingus Regional’s continued success, and particularly delighted to see such strong growth on our Kerry-Dublin route. Kerry is home to some of the most beautiful coastal landscapes in Europe and is the jewel in the crown of Ireland’s tourism industry. The Kerry-Dublin route is hugely important to Ireland in terms of regional connectivity, with over 875,000 overseas tourists visiting Kerry every year. News of this passenger growth is particularly exciting given that we are now entering peak tourism season, during which time we expect to grow the route further.