Kerry Airport Allocated Over €1.7m In State Funding

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MINISTER of State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton T.D., has announced the allocation of over €1.7m for Kerry Airport under the Regional Airports Programme 2021-2025.

In all, over €11 million in exchequer funding has been allocated to regional airports.

Almost €4.8 million has been allocated to the airports of Donegal, Ireland West (Knock) and Kerry under the Regional Airports Programme 2021-2025 and over €6.3 million has been allocated to Shannon Airport under the COVID-19 Regional State Airports Programme 2021.

Announcing these allocations, Minister of State Naughton said: ‘‘I am delighted to be approving these capital allocations in what has been an incredibly difficult year on our regional airports.

“I am pleased to say that this year’s funding has also taken climate objectives into account for the first time, representing an important step in the process towards the ‘greening’ of Irish Airports. I am confident that today’s allocations, coupled with the impending funding to address the impacts of Covid, will help airports regain their foothold in the aviation market when recovery begins.”

Kerry Airport Ireland CEO John Mulhern said; “The last year has been an unprecedented chapter of great struggle for Kerry Airport however despite it all we are confident of the future as we continue to receive the omnipresent support of Government and the Department of Transport.

“Today’s announcement of record capital funding is yet another example of how this government ensures we will have the assets and capability to maintain and continue to build a safe, secure and more environmentally-conscious platform towards recovery.

“Our most sincere thanks to Minister Eamon Ryan, Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton and all of the team in the Department of Transport. Recognition also for Minister Norma Foley and Brendan Griffin TD, our county’s representatives in government, and all our elected officials for their continued support.

“Undoubtedly we will need to wrestle through for a time, however record vaccination rates and funding such as this pave the way to unfettered travel that we all long for again.”

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