(Wednesday, 24th August 2011) Aer Arann today welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar TD that the airline has been awarded the contract to operate the Kerry-Dublin route until 2014 following the competitive Public Service Obligation (PSO) tender process.

Today’s announcement confirms that the airline will operate the Kerry-Dublin route from Thursday, 3rd November for a minimum of 3 years.

A total of two routes were up for tender including Kerry-Dublin and Donegal-Dublin. Aer Arann submitted applications for both and is pleased to have been awarded one of the two contracts.

Commenting on the announcement, Aer Arann CEO Paul Schütz today said, “We are delighted to have been awarded the contract to operate the Kerry-Dublin route and we look forward to once again providing vital services for both tourism and business and to further promote economic development in Kerry and its surrounding regions.”

“We are disappointed that we have not been successful in our tender to continue to operate the Donegal-Dublin route. We have worked very closely with the team at Donegal airport for many years to grow passenger numbers and we regret that the Donegal services will no longer form a part of our network. Aer Arann remains committed to serving the regions of Ireland and we will continue to assess opportunities for additional route development.”