Kerry Airport Grant Welcomed by Minister Griffin and Cllr. O’Connell

Minister Brendan Griffin and Cllr. Bobby O'Connell - welcoming the arrival of the grant to Kerry Airport. ©Photographs: john Reidy
In the Frame: Minister Brendan Griffin and Cllr. Bobby O’Connell – welcoming the arrival of grant aid to Kerry Airport. ©Photographs: John Reidy

Kerry TD and Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin, TD and his Fine Gael colleague, Cllr. Bobby O’Connell, today welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross T.D., that he is allocating over three quarters of a million in exchequer grants under his department’s Regional Airports Programme to the Kerry Airport.

Regional Airport Programme

This represents the first allocation of support in this year’s regional airport programme and the grants will go towards safety and security related projects at the airports that have been approved to date by Minister Ross.

“I am delighted with the announcement today of this grant for Kerry Airport and it shows a firm commitment from the Government to continuing financial support for safety and security measures at the airport,” said Minister Griffin in response to the announcement.

A graph with the details of the allocations to the various regional airports.
A graph with the details of the allocations to the various regional airports. Click to enlarge.

Promoting International Connectivity

“The National Aviation Policy 2015 acknowledges the role played by the regional airports in promoting a level of international connectivity to support the tourism and business sectors in their regions, and Kerry Airport continues to provide vital links in the region.

“With this grant Kerry airport will be able to move for with a number of safety and security features such as provision of Stop-bar and Additional Taxi-way Signage, and Taxiway Alpha,” said Minister Griffin.

Great Boost to Kerry Airport

Cllr.Bobby O’Connell added that the funding is a great boost to Kerry Airport.

“The airport is one of the most important employers and creators of economic activity in the Farranfore/Currow and Castleisland area and its importance stretches to cover the entire tourism driven areas of the county,” said Cllr. O’Connell.

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