KERRY Airport Ireland has announced that, despite a critical fall in revenue, it will retain its entire workforce on pre-Covid-19 pay rates.
This is part of a plan aimed at maintaining the airport’s viability as air travel returns to normal in the coming months.
2020 has been a devastating year for aviation and Kerry Airport, like all airports, has endured its worst downturn in living memory.
It is the expectation of all experts in the industry that it will be 2023 before there is a return to the activity that was enjoyed in 2019. To ensure full employment at the airport a new resource system, with the flexibility to schedule the team when they are most needed, is in development.
The CEO of Kerry Airport, John Mulhern, said: “I must commend and thank the staff at Kerry Airport who have shown tremendous commitment and resilience in the face of the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic. They remained at work throughout the crisis while shifts were developed to keep them safe. We are clearly facing into a different future and we have resisted taking the option that has been experienced elsewhere to lay-off staff, cut wages and reduce hours. Over the coming weeks, with the introduction of the new and more efficient scheduling system, it is our intention to see all staff return to full pay, full hours and full employment. The success of this reorganisation will determine whether further and more difficult decisions are required down the line.”
This positive development for staff at Kerry Airport has been announced ahead of the resumption of Ryanair flights in July.
Routes to London (Luton & Stansted), Manchester, Frankfurt Hahn, Berlin, Alicante, Faro are set to commence soon while the twice daily Aer Lingus Regional Kerry-Dublin service, operated by Stobart Air, has continued to operate throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
Kerry Airport Ireland has introduced enhanced measures to protect staff and passengers who are passing through the airport.
Passengers must wear a face mask on entering the terminal and throughout their journey through the airport and on the aircraft.
Now more than ever, passengers must arrive in plenty of time for their flight and anyone not flying, when possible, should not enter the terminal.
“Kerry Airport continues to be an important strategic asset to Kerry in strengthening transportation links both nationally and internationally and we will play a greater economic role than ever when attracting investment and tourists to the region,” said John Mulhern.
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