Fine Gael Kerry Senator and Seanad Chief Whip, Paul Coghlan, has today (Wednesday) welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, that the Public Service Obligation (PSO) Kerry to Dublin air route will be retained.
“Following an EU public tendering process the Minister announced that Stobart Air has been successful in securing the tender to provide scheduled air services on the those routes, subject to a contract being put in place.
“The current PSO contract on the Kerry to Dublin route will expire on 31st January 2015. Today’s announcement will mean that from 1st February until 31st January 2017, Stobart Air will provide a scheduled air service on this route. This contract may be extended for an additional year following a review that will take place after 18 months of service.
“The decision to extend the PSO for Kerry-Dublin flights is significant for the local economy and for tourism. Kerry has so much to offer in terms of culture and activity and it is therefore vital that people can travel to and from the area with ease.
“As the economy continues to grow it is important that we maintain infrastructure links with Dublin and further afield. This service is very important for the people of Kerry and Minister Donohoe’s decision to retain the PSO shows that this Government recognises how essential it is to ensure that Kerry is accessible by air.
“The Government established Public Service Obligation (PSO) air services schemes in 2008. Such schemes provide financial support to airlines, based on a competitive tender, to operate essential services serving peripheral or development regions which are considered vital for the economic development of those regions and which would not otherwise be provided on a commercial basis.”