Ryanair axes Faro flights

Stephen Fernane

Management at Kerry Airport said they will do everything in their power to reverse Ryanair’s decision to axe the popular Kerry-Faro flight from the airport’s list of destinations for 2018, as demand for the flight is still strong.

Speculation began surfacing on Monday evening when people took to social media to say they had tried booking flights from Kerry to Faro but were told by the airline that the service had been discontinued, which is also when Kerry Airport personnel first learned of the airline’s decision.

“It would be a complete shame were Kerry to lose its Faro flight as demand is still there for it,” said Basil Sheeran of Kerry Airport. “We don’t want to admit defeat on this one and we intend to hold discussions with Ryanair to try and save it.”

However, at the time of going to print on Tuesday evening, Mr Sheeran said they had still not received an explanation nor official confirmation from Ryanair regarding the decision to cut the Faro service.

The news comes as a disappointment for the airport as the Faro flight was a popular one that carried over 189 passengers, twice-a-week, during June, July and August. Kerry Airport’s Alicante flight is not thought to be in danger by this decision.

When contacted for a comment early on Tuesday, a Ryanair worker confirmed that the Faro route ‘was no longer on its list of destinations for 2018’ but could not explain the reasons why.

Mr Sheeran said he fears the decision could be an aftershock from Ryanair’s recent turmoil with pilots’ rosters and union negotiations.

“I fear this decision could by hinged on Ryanair’s aircraft and pilot ability and an effort to streamline its operations. As of Tuesday evening we still haven’t received official confirmation from Ryanair. We’re disappointed that it’s taken this long as people are trying to book flights for summer holidays to Faro as we speak.”

He added: “We will be fighting to show Ryanair that passenger loads for 2018 are still good and that a customer base is there.”

Ryanair first started its Faro-Alicante service back in March 2011 and last year announced the addition of Berlin to Kerry Airport’s schedule which is proving a very popular service.