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Kerry Airport is back in profit just one year after weathering the pandemic storm.

The board of directors released its Annual Report and Accounts up to December 31 at its Annual General Meeting this week.

The airport confirmed an operating profit, after taxation, of €2,439,515 which compares most favourably with the after taxation operating loss of €144,996 in the previous year.

The airport’s board said gross revenue in 2021 reflects the recovery in passenger numbers from a low of 82,959 in 2020 to 115,398 in 2021, complemented by a growth in the corporate and the general aviation sector during the period.

“Recovery is underway in 2022 and better days are ahead for Kerry Airport. By no means will we reach the levels of activity we enjoyed in 2019 this year, but certainly we can proclaim with much conviction that the doldrums of the past two years are, for now, behind us,” John Mulhern, CEO of Kerry Airport, said.

“The coming years will require extraordinary enterprise to survive the financial insult of this pandemic. Be assured we will work tirelessly to return to the success we enjoyed and then to further growth. Kerry Airport is requisite to the entire region’s revival.”

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce welcomed the news.

“For everybody involved in Kerry tourism – the lifeblood of the county – it is very heartening to learn that there is great confidence that the upward trend will continue and that passenger numbers in 2022 will increase significantly,” said Chamber President, Niall Kelleher.

“For Kerry to prosper as a top tourist destination we need Kerry Airport to be successful and Killarney Chamber will certainly do everything in its power to promote and enhance this wonderful facility right on our doorstep.”

He added that huge credit is due to the airport’s chief executive officer, John Mulhern, the board of directors and the staff for the great resilience and remarkable dedication they displayed during a very difficult period.

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​​Bursaries presented to schools at Lions Club open night

By Michelle Crean Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group. Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St […]

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By Michelle Crean

Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group.

Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St Brendan’s College to help support students in need.

It took place at their open night recently in the KDYS Youth Centre.

The night featured different exhibitions about Killarney Lions Club activities such as the Annual Christmas Food Appeal and the Kerry Clubs Fair.

“It was great that people made the effort to come and find out more what Killarney Lions Club does, despite the weather on the night. We are a voluntary group so community support is vital for activities such as our Christmas Food Appeal which will kick off very soon.”

The Killarney Lions Club, through its members, assists various groups and individuals in and around the community. Lions do this through voluntary activities, fundraising and by holding various types of events in support of a great many local causes.

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Staff celebrated for their long service

Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently. The event was held for all […]

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Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently.

The event was held for all team members of the Great Southern and Killarney Royal who have over 10 years of service, and was hosted by Michael Jacobi, Managing Director, Hayfield Family Collection and Mark Scally, Financial Controller, Hayfield Family Collection.

32 employees celebrated on the night, with the Great Southern represented by John Fitzgerald with 53 years of service, Martina O’Leary with 44 years of service and Kathleen Bhuiyan with 31 years of service. From Killarney Royal Joseph Hurley celebrated 37 years of service with John Harrington celebrating 32 years and Nuala Doolan celebrating 30 years.

“It is an absolute pleasure for us to celebrate our long term staff members,” event host and Hayfield Family Collection Managing Director, Michael Jacobi, said.

“They have played such an integral part in achieving the high standards we are known to provide and are such familiar welcoming faces for our guests.”

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