Kerry Airport Prepares For Brexit

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PASSENGERS travelling through Kerry Airport will experience the same efficient service from staff at the points of departure and arrival while flights are expected to continue to operate as normal in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to the CEO of the airport.

Kerry Airport has two destinations in the United Kingdom: London Luton and London Stansted.

The company has been preparing to ensure, as is feasibly possible, that it will facilitate a smooth transition if the United Kingdom exits the European Union.

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The CEO of Kerry Airport, John Mulhern, said: “We share the same concerns as others in relation to the unknown and the threats posed by a United Kingdom exit from the European Union without a deal. The financial impact of Brexit is already being felt in terms of falling UK passenger numbers brought about uncertainty and the weakness of Sterling against the Euro. We look forward to continue working with the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and, of course, the Minister of State, Mr Brendan Griffin TD.”

He said Kerry Airport is prepared to deal with any matters that may arise in the unlikely event of a change in the interpretation of the Common Travel Agreement, United Kingdom Passport Holders or Aircraft whose origin is from the UK.

UK passport holders arriving at Irish airports are currently processed through the ‘EU/EEA/CH’ channel. If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) has confirmed that UK passport holders will continue to be processed through the ‘EU/EEA/CH’ channel – however, this ‘EU/EEA/CH’ channel will be re-designated as an ‘EU/EEA/CH and UK’ channel.

All necessary signage has been ordered and ready to be placed in the relevant areas at the airport should the United Kingdom exit the European Union.

Kerry Airport does not, under any circumstances, provide for the importation or exportation of cargo and does not hold the relevant licence to do so. Therefore, the airport will not be affected by any issues that will evolve in this area as a result of the UK’s exit from the European Union.

“Training of employees at Kerry Airport is up to date and ongoing but we suspect that every airport and other businesses in Ireland will encounter difficulties in UK-sourced training,” said John Mulhern.

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