'Bring US flight route back to Cork'

'Bring US flight route back to Cork'

A Boeing 737 Max 8 operated by Norwegian Air landing at Cork Airport.  Picture: David Creedon / Anzenberger

CORK County Council is writing to the head of Cork Airport calling for the reinstatement of the Cork to Boston/Providence flights — for the summer months and over Christmas.

The flight in question used to run three times weekly from April to the end of October and linked Cork Airport with TF Green Airport in Providence, near Boston.

Independent councillor Danny Collins asked that the council write to the head of aviation business development at Cork Airport, Brian Gallagher, with regards to the flights, which have not run out of Cork this year.

The flights, operated by Norwegian, were postponed indefinitely following the decision of aviation regulators to ground Boeing’s 737 Max all over the world. This decision followed the two fatal crashes in five months involving the 737 Max model.

Mr Collins said the transfer of the flights to Dublin was a blow to West Cork as many tourists come to West Cork on that route.

The Independent councillor said that half of Bantry was in Boston and it was easy for them to come home via Cork Airport when the flights are running.

“I got a text from a lady from over in the States who came over last year, herself and her friend, to the west Cork region for a few days and they really enjoyed it,” he said.

“They were hoping to do the same this year and they were told they have to fly to Dublin. This is a drastic issue for the Cork county.

“As a council, we should be writing to the airport to say that we need these flights back for tourism and business.”

A statement from Cork Aiport said that a Norwegian spokesperson has previously expressed their regret of the mandatory grounding of all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft by the European aviation authorities.

“Flights to and from Cork and Shannon Airports have been suspended for this summer and are operating at a reduced frequency from Dublin until further notice.

“Customers travelling to and from Cork and Shannon are being accommodated on different aircraft types through Dublin to ensure travel plans can continue with minimal disruption and Norwegian has sincerely apologised for the inconvenience caused.”

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