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A Guide To Kerry Airport

A Guide To Kerry Airport

Kerry Airport is one of several airports in Ireland that offer a gateway to endless adventure opportunities.

Located in Farranfore a stone’s throw from the Ring of Kerry, Killarney and the Dingle Peninsula, it makes a great starting point for a road trip.

The first aircraft landed in Kerry Airport on August 25th 1969 and it has gone from strength-to-strength ever since.

Some quick need-to-knows about Kerry Airport

Although a visit to Kerry Airport is fairly straightforward, there are a few need-to-knows that’ll make your visit that bit more enjoyable.

1. Location

Situated in Farranfore, midway between the towns of Killarney and Tralee, Kerry Airport offers an excellent base to explore the charming County Kerry and beyond.

2. Car Parking

Both short-term and long-term parking facilities are available right outside the terminal building, offering convenience to passengers. Make sure to book parking in advance if you’re travelling during the busy summer months.

3. Airport

Amenities include a restaurant/bar (The Gateway), car rental services, a gift shop, and free WiFi throughout the terminal.

4. Airlines

Ryanair service Kerry Airport, connecting it to Dublin, London, Frankfurt, Alicante and more.

What to know about arriving in/leaving from Kerry Airport

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If you’re used to flying in/out of the likes of Dublin Airport or Shannon Airport, a slightly different experience awaits.

Kerry is a small airport and it’s a grand and handy spot to fly in and out of, once you’re prepared.


Kerry Airport advises passengers to arrive at least 2 hours before their flights departure time. Now, we’ve heard of people arriving much closer to the departure time than this, but it’s always worth sticking to the official advice to be safe.

Immigration and customs

Immigration procedures at Kerry Airport are swift and efficient, thanks to its smaller size with less crowds and fewer international flights.


The airport is served by local taxis, buses, and car rental services.

A brief history of Kerry Airport

Since its establishment in 1968, Kerry Airport has become a crucial connection point for the South West of Ireland.

It started its life as a simple grass strip runway and was then eventually extended during the 1980s and 1990s.

The extension brought with it a new terminal building and a much-needed runway extension.

The beauty of the extension was that it enabled bigger aircraft to land. Fast-forward to 2024 and Kerry Airport is an essential hub that supports tourism and economic growth in the region.

Despite its small size, the airport is renowned for its efficiency and the warmth of its welcome, reflecting the friendly spirit of County Kerry.

Things to do near Kerry Airport

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One of the beauties of Kerry Airport is that it’s a short spin away from many of the best places to visit in Kerry.

Below, you’ll find a handful of things to see and do a stone’s throw from Farranfore Airport!

1. Ring of Kerry

This scenic drive offers breathtaking views of the county’s landscapes, with points of interest like the Killarney National Park, Moll’s Gap, and lots more.

2. Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre

This nature and activity centre is a wonderful place for families, with interactive wildlife exhibits and eco-friendly outdoor activities.

3. Killarney National Park

This national park features beautiful lakes, mountains, and diverse flora and fauna. It’s also home to the historic Muckross House and Gardens.

4. Dingle Peninsula

The Dingle Peninsula is one of the area’s most popular destinations. If you visit, make sure to allow 1/2 a day for the brilliant Slea Head Drive.

FAQs about Kerry Airport

We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘Is there a shuttle?’ to ‘Where do you park?’.

In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.

How early should I arrive at Kerry Airport before my flight?

It’s advised to arrive at the airport at least 120 minutes before your flight’s departure time.

What facilities are available for passengers with reduced mobility?

The airport provides wheelchair assistance, mobility aids, accessible restrooms, and special seating arrangements.

Are there dining options in the airport?

Yes, Kerry Airport has a café/bar (The Gateway) where you can get refreshments before your flight.

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