TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has hailed “a great day for Cork” as the first ever transatlantic flight is set to take off from Cork Airport.
At 4.20pm today, the first flight to the US in the 56-year history of the airport will take to the skies, delivering its passengers to TF Green Airport in Rhode Island seven hours, ten minutes later.
It is the first of a new service which connects Cork to the greater New England area three times per week.
Hopes are high that the route will be the first of many for Cork, enhancing the region’s tourism and economic potential and allowing passengers here easy access to the US.
Welcoming the historic flight, Mr Varadkar said: “This is a great day for Cork Airport, Cork city and the wider region. I’m especially pleased as a former Minister for Transport.”
He said he hopes the new connection will ensure long-term growth for Cork, both as an airport and as a region. “It means the airport continues to grow and will add significantly to the range of destinations now available from Cork,” he said.