A NEW contract for the Public Service Obligation (PSO) air route between Kerry and Dublin for the next four years has been confirmed.
It will be operated by Stobart who will also operate the route between Donegal and Dublin.
The current PSO contract for the two routes expires at the end of this month and the new contract will operate from 1 February 2018 until 31 January 2022.
Revealing the good news, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin, said the continued service is a vital economic link for all industries, particularly tourism, in the region.
“I want to thank the dedicated team at Kerry Airport for their continued hard work. I also want to thank the department for continuing this vital subvention,” he said.
“This is further evidence of the Government’s key priority in investing in rural Ireland and providing equal opportunity for economic growth across all parts of the country”.
The new contract to Stobart follows an EU public tendering process conducted by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in accordance with the requirements of EU Council Regulation which allows PSOs to airports that serve peripheral or less developed regions.
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