COUNTY Mayor Cllr John Paul O'Shea has expressed his disappointment at the news that there could be a challenge to the planned flights from Cork to the US, in the US Senate.
Cllr O'Shea said he 'wholeheartedly rejects' a proposed US Bill which is to be put forward by four US representatives to block the first US Flights to Cork from Boston by Norwegian Air International.
Mayor O’Shea said: ‘The details included in this proposed Bill and reference to our labour laws are quite simply inaccurate and insulting to the people of Cork and Ireland. I have been a long time proponent of the establishment of flights from Cork to Boston and it is now time that the US Department of Transport move this process forward and give this licence the green light.’
The Mayor added: ‘The transatlantic flight connection between Cork and Boston will play a significant role in the future economic and tourism development of our county and likewise in Boston and the greater United States. The US Department of Transportation have already stated that there is no legal impediment to the granting of a foreign carrier permit. There is quite simply no validity to this proposed Bill and I would call on representatives DeFazio, LoBiondo, Larsen and Westmoreland to withdraw this Bill and support the Cork to Boston route for the many Irish and indeed Irish American and American people who await to avail of this new direct link to Cork.'
Norwegian had earlier said it hoped to get lift-off on the flights by August 1st this year.