By Sean Moriarty

The Department of Transport announced that it was providing almost €2.5 million in Exchequer funding to the airports of Donegal, Ireland West (Knock) – and Kerry, with the local airport in line to get €1,178,595.

The funding is part of an annual allocation which is given to all regional airports.

It is not part of the EU’s Pandemic Stabilisation and Recovery Fund announced last week.

The allocations go towards capital investment in areas like safety and security – but funds to Kerry Airport are about €1.1m short of last year’s allocation of €2,208,911.

“In an effort to establish certainty in a very challenging environment, it is my intention to examine supports for regional airports over the coming weeks and to finalise a new five-year Regional Airports Programme in the autumn. I hope that this will give airports the assurances they need on Exchequer funding supports over the period between now and end 2024,” said Hildegarde Naughton TD Minister of State at with responsibility for Aviation.

Kerry Airport did not comment on the issue before the Killarney Advertiser went to press.