Monday 17 June 2019

Cork-Boston route is a Rebel gem for tourism

Maria Herlihy

The "hard work" has paid off as the Cork-Boston route is finally set to take off.

FG Senator Jerry Buttimer has expressed his delight at the launch of Norwegian Airlines transatlantic routes from Cork after a long and challenging journey to secure the service. "This is very welcome news and a momentous occasion for not just for Cork Airport but for the Cork region and those who have lobbied so hard on both sides of the Atlantic. I would especially like to pay tribute to Managing Director Niall McCarthy and his team for their trojan efforts in securing a service that will drive unprecedented growth in inbound tourism to Cork from the US," he said.

"When I met with Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island Daniel J. McKee over the summer I made sure to emphasise that Cork Airport was at the fore in providing quality modern facilities and convenient customer services for passengers travelling for holidays and Business. I am delighted to see Cork Airport finally being recognised for its hard work," he said.

Senator Buttimer also said it is a great day for consumer choice and it's an affirmation of the Open Skies policy between EU and USA. He also commended Norwegian Airlines for committing to Cork and bringing transatlantic travel routes to the Cork region. He also believes it will transform Cork's position as a gateway tothe Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland's Ancient East.

"From a tourism marketing perspective it is critical the support is provided to support these direct US services with Norwegian along with other recent additions to Cork Airport. Cork Airport provides a friendly, convenient customer service in a modern terminal setting to Irish passengers travelling outwards on holidays or business," he said. Norwegian Air set a record and sold more than 5,000 flights within six hours of announcing services from the US to four Irish airports last Thursday. The massive response sets a new standard for the budget airline for its new campaign.

Cork hoteliers have welcomed the announcement by Norwegian Air International (NAI) that it is to begin transatlantic services between Cork and Boston/Providence from 1st July. The service, which will fly three times weekly, is expected to result in a boost to the local economy.