Run the CONNECT Kerry Airport Canter and get this shirt!!!

Connect run

For him; for her: There’s only one size, regardless of the size/shape of network planner or air service development manager.

If you want wow your friends with this shirt on the Croisette this summer, you must take part in the CONNECT Kerry Airport Canter – two early-morning runs through the stunning Killarney National Park to the shores of Lough Leane at the CONNECT ‘International Aviation Forum’ hosted by Kerry Airport, Ireland 3-5 June 2015. Both runs are sponsored by the Budapest Airport Runway Run (bud:runway run).

Unlike the Budapest Runway Run this isn’t a race, although everyone taking part will receive this unique ‘CONNECT Kerry Airport Canter’ finisher’s shirt and the chance to donate €20 to’s favourite child cancer charity.

40 airlines are so far represented at CONNECT this year, with 200 delegates registered at this time. Although it’s a well-known biological fact that airline network planners use most of their energy to digest their last meal, resulting in a perpetual cycle of feeding, the CONNECT Kerry Airport Canter has still managed to sign up athletes from Air Astana, Air France + HOP!, Eastern Airways, Iberia Express, Iberia Regional/Air Nostrum, Jetairfly, Monarch Airlines, Ryanair, Stobart Air and Take Air.



Connect Kerry

Basil Sheerin, Financial Controller, Kerry Airport; Irish Transport Minister, Paschal Donohoe; Carol O’ Donoghue, Route Development and Marketing Manager, Kerry Airport; and Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland. One or more of these persons will probably not be joining you on the CONNECT Kerry Airport Canter for a variety of reasons – including being 37 weeks pregnant and old Gaelic football injuries. We’ll leave you to work out which excuse goes with which person.

Kerry, CONNECT and 50,000 jobs

Hosting the CONNECT conference comes at an important time for the region as Kerry Airport, in association with Kerry County Council, Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland, has a strategy to increase inbound tourism through the airport by 40% over the next five years.

Showing his support for CONNECT, Ireland’s Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe said: “I commend Kerry Airport and all of the stakeholders for bringing so many key aviation influencers to Ireland, and to Kerry. It is perfectly in tune with our “People, Place and Policy – Growing Tourism to 2025” policy, where we plan to increase employment in the sector by one-fifth to 250,000. Carol O’ Donoghue, Route Development and Marketing Manager, Kerry Airport said: “We see our hosting role as an important opportunity to showcase everything that Kerry has to offer with a view to growing our route offering.”

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “With hundreds of representatives from all the major airlines and airports due to attend, the CONNECT conference is an exciting opportunity for Kerry and Ireland. Tourism Ireland is committed to working with airlines and airports, to stimulate demand for new flights and to promote existing routes to Ireland.”’s Chief Analyst, Ralph Anker, is a speaker at the event, and will be everywhere producing our onsite printed dailies. See you in Kerry. Join us for a run.



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