With the demise of Stobart Air, the Irish domestic routes became free for a new operator. Ryanair has decided to go domestic and they start flying Dublin to Kerry from 28 July.
This will see Boeing 737 jet service on the route, in place of the previous ATR72 turboprops. That means an upgrade for regular travellers on the route.
From 28 July through to 31 August, flights will be once daily. From Monday to Friday and Sunday, FR6691 will depart Dublin at 12:05, landing in Kerry at 13:00. Return services leave Farranfore at 13:25, arriving in the Irish capital at 14:20. Saturday services leave 40 minutes later.
Double daily services commence from 1 September, allowing day trips. On weekdays, flights leave Dublin at 06:45 and 18:00, while flights will leave Kerry at 08:05 and 19:20. Weekend services will leave Dublin at 11:00 and 19:00, and head back from the south west at 19:00 and 20:20.
Service between Dublin and Kerry has been operated as part of a Public Service Obligation for a number of years. That means they are subsidised by the Irish taxpayer. Ryanair has made much of the fact they are operating on a commercial basis with no handout.
Tickets will start at €19.99 each way, which is cheaper than the train, which starts at €24.99. The trains also take 3 hours and 40 minutes each way, while Ryanair flights are timed at 55 minutes.
Kerry Airport at Farranfore is one of the few Irish airports I have yet to visit. That means I am going to get a train down there and fly back to Dublin, just for fun. KIR has a train station at the facility, which is unheard of in Ireland, so it makes connecting between the two modes very easy.
Hopefully the services are promoted well, as people will use the flights if they know about them. Irish people are not not conditioned to think about flying when travelling domestically, as there are just two routes, the other being Dublin to Donegal.
Will you be taking the new Ryanair services to or from Kerry? Do you prefer to drive, take the train or fly this route? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
Images via Ryanair.