Letters to the editor: Forget a transatlantic route! Cork Airport needs a link with Alicante

7 December 2015
By Editor

File photo of Cork Airport
File photo of Cork Airport

Pat Ryan from Carrigaline, Co Cork wrote to us to comment about Cork Airport and the realistic prospects of a transatlantic route (to the USA), he feels that a link with Alicante should be higher on the agenda:

Dear Editor

Cork politicians are trying to rustle up some support in Boston to get approval for the Norwegian service.

Almost three years in the making, everybody from Airport authorities and pilots’ associations are squaring up against the licence.

Which side of the Atlantic is causing this?

Are we, again, victims of a concerted effort in Ireland to prevent Cork Airport from becoming, in some way, independent of its big sister in Dublin.

However, an even bigger scandal is the plight of home-owners in Spain, particularly in the Alicante area.

Between 1988 and 2001, approximately 12,500 houses were purchased by Munster residents between Gran Alicant and San Javier in the Costa Blanca region of Spain.

With the ending of all airline services from Cork, Kerry and Shannon from November 2015 to April 2016, a unique revenue stream and service to many thousands of potential customers is going a-begging.

For Cork Airport’s financial planners, there are more low-hanging fruit than 707’s to Boston.

Regards etc.

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