Airport can apply for its fair share

Kerry Airport: Can apply for funding

UNDER pressure Kerry Airport has been told it is eligible to apply for its share of  €21.3 million in grant aid under a new funding scheme for regional airports

Education Minister and Kerry TD, Norma Foley, has welcomed the announcement that the facility at Farranfore can submit an application for funding under the scheme.

The focus of the programme is to help Ireland’s regional airports to maintain regulatory compliance in the areas of safety and security during Covid-19 restrictions.

Funding will be also be made available to encourage airports to reduce emissions and to build resilience against the likely impacts of climate change.

Minister Foley said: “I welcome this funding at a time when our regional airport has been hit hard by the impacts of Covid-19”.

She added: “Kerry airport plays a crucial role in the connectivity of the region and it is imperative that Government support is provided during this pandemic.”

During the Covid lockdown last April, May and June, just 808 passengers passed through Kerry Airport compared to 102,534 in the same period the previous year and management acknowledged that the immediate future was looking bleak.

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