Kerry Airport marks 50 years

Business & Tourism

Kerry Airport is celebrating its 50th anniversary
Kerry Airport is celebrating its 50th anniversary

Confirmation of seven routes for 2020, a new-look website and a charity partner to underline plans to reach out to communities more throughout the Kingdom are among Kerry Airport's key plans as it celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Kerry Airport was officially opened on Saturday August 30 1969 by the then Minister for Transport and Power, Brian Lenihan TD, and 50 years on the vision of its founding fathers has been realised in the shape of a successful and respected international airport.

Half a century on from that historic occasion, modern passengers will be delighted to learn that Ryanair will continue to serve Kerry with flights to Berlin and Frankfurt Hahn in Germany, London Luton and Stansted in the UK and, to the delight of sun-seekers, Alicante and Faro in 2020.

"Over the next 12 months, as Kerry Airport celebrates its 50th anniversary, we will honour past accomplishments and ensure the airport's continued success and contribution to the community of Kerry and the wider region. Our airport is situated in Wild Atlantic Kerry - the most prime location in Ireland with so much potential and with enough charm to continue filling flights with passengers from all over Europe," said Kerry Aiport CEO John Mulhern.

Another key development moving forward, to the benefit of passengers traveling in and out of Kerry and the hospitality sector in the county, is the development of the new-look and easy to navigate airport website at

The website, which has undergone a major transformation, offers visitors a streamlined view of Kerry as an accessible destination and gateway. It presents the timetable in an easy-to-view format along with the essential live flight information which is updated regularly.

The economic footprint of Kerry Airport influences employment and the earnings of those directly employed at the airport, the support services onsite and in the supply chain. Kerry Airport contributes approximately €9.5 million to the local economy each year.