20 May 2016
By Elaine Murphy
New route is critical to Cork economy
Fine Gael TD for Cork South West, Jim Daly, has expressed concern at the ongoing delays to the granting of a license by U.S. authorities for Norwegian Air International’s Cork to Boston route, and is working to ensure the new route is progressed as quickly as possible.
“The delays to Norweigan Air’s proposed new Cork to Boston route are extremely concerning to people in Cork and the South West region.
“I am doing everything I can to impress on the relevant people how crucial this proposed new route is to the Cork economy.
“President Obama himself has pledged support for the new route and I don’t want to see the plans delayed any further.
“I have met with the Taoiseach in relation to this matter and he understands the urgency involved. Ahead of the upcoming visit to Ireland by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, I impressed upon the Taoiseach the importance of using this high profile visit to ensure there are no further delays to the granting of this licence on the American side.
“I have also previously spoken with Dan Kantz, Chief of Staff to Anthony Foxx, U.S. Secretary of Transportation and I will again discuss this matter with him next week to ensure it is brought to a speedy conclusion.
“This route, which would connect Cork directly with the US, is one of the most promising developments for the entire Cork region in a long while and we must do everything we can to ensure that it is up and running without any further delay.”