CONNECT 2015 Ireland to stage “CONNECT Kerry Airport Canter”


The “CONNECT Kerry Airport Canter” – two early-morning runs through the stunning Killarney National Park to Ross Castle on the shores of Lough Leane during this year’s CONNECT hosted by Kerry Airport, Ireland 3-5 June 2015.

OK, this is a bit of a mouthful: The Airport Runway Run (bud:runway run), is sponsoring the CONNECT Kerry Airport Canter – two early-morning runs through the stunning Killarney National Park to the shores of Lough Leane before getting down to the serious business of network planning and promotion at CONNECT ‘The International Aviation Forum’ hosted by Kerry Airport, Ireland 3-5 June 2015.

After the +40C temperatures experienced at CONNECT Marrakech last June, the Kerry Airport-hosted 11th edition of CONNECT is expected to be more conducive to running with a track temperature of some 12C forecast.

“Unlike the Budapest Runway Run this isn’t a race, although everyone taking part will receive a unique ‘CONNECT Kerry Airport Canter’ finisher’s shirt and the chance to donate €20 to’s favourite child cancer charity,” said publisher Paul Hogan (a fanatical runner known more for enthusiasm than his speed).

One of the airline stars of this year’s event is John Weatherill, Director, Network & Schedule Planning, WestJet, the Canadian low cost carrier, which will also be celebrating launching its first European services (to Dublin) a year ago:

Other CONNECT speakers include:

  • Kenny Jacobs, Chief Marketing Officer of New Ryanair (and also a keen runner and veteran of some 10 marathons);
  • Paul Simmons, Chief Commercial Officer of the revitalised Flybe;
  • Peter O’Mara, Director Business Development of Stobart Air (a partner of both Aer Lingus and Flybe);
  • Ralph Anker, the Chief Analyst of, will present another awesome analysis; despite having to work all night producing the CONNECT Show Dailies.

To celebrate St Patrick’s Day, CONNECT has extended its early-bird registration all week (until Friday 20 March) offering a saving of €250. Special offers are also available to airports and airlines attending CONNECT for the first time – just use the button below to connect with, er, CONNECT:



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