Ryanair has announced it will cease to operate flights on its Dublin - Kerry route from Sept 7th 2011.
The move will be followed by the axing of flights on its Dublin - Cork route from 30th October next.
Three reasons were given for the decision:
The marked decline in traffic on the Cork route as motorway improvements have reduced driving times between Dublin and Cork to 2.5 hours.
The Irish government’s imposition of a PSO subsidised operation on the Dublin – Kerry route from 3rd November, to replace Ryanair’s existing low fare unsubsidised commercial flights.
The continued excessive DAA monopoly charges at both Dublin and Cork Airports, which make these low fare domestic flights unviable, particularly where passengers are taxed €3 by the govt in each direction.
However, Ryanair confirmed ‘All Ireland’ flights on the 17th, 18th and 19th September on the Dublin - Kerry route would go ahead as planned.
Ryanair passengers who have booked to travel on these routes after their closure will receive a full refund in due course.
Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara said: “Ryanair regrets having to close our Dublin – Cork and Dublin – Kerry routes.
“However, passengers have been voting with their feet and switching to the convenience of driving 2.5 hours between Dublin and Cork.”