KERRY Airport is hoping to expand its business by developing new routes to the UK over the coming year.
The plan was detailed by Kerry Airport chairman Denis Cregan, who was speaking at the airports AGM at Tralee's Earl of Desmond Hotel on Thursday.
Mr Cregan said that in the next 12 months Kerry Airport would like to expand into Manchester or Birmingham, or both locations.
The airport chairman believes the airport can possibly increase the level of business it generates from routes linking Kerry in the Greater London area. Kerry Airport currently has routes serving London Stansted and London Luton with Ryanair.
Denis Cregan told the AGM that an eight per cent decline in passengers last year, from 311,000 to 286,000, was very unsatisfactory and a priority now was to attract more business on all routes.
The meeting heard that the airport had a €168,330 operating loss, last year, up from €159,840 the previous year. However, gross turnover was €5.7m, compared with €4.5m, as a result of increased activities due to the return of services on the Kerry Dublin route. A Public Service Obligation service which involves a government subsidy to operators on regional routes.
Meanwhile Kerry Airport and Sunway Holidays have launched their service linking Kerry with Palma airport in Majorca. The summer service's inaugural flight departed Kerry Airport at 3pm on Thursday afternoon.