Ireland welcomes U.S. decision to allow Cork-Boston flights

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Ireland on Saturday welcomed a U.S. decision which will allow Cork-Boston flights.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) on Saturday issued a foreign air carrier permit to Norwegian Air International (NAI) to operate services between Ireland and the United States.

NAI, which is an Irish-registered company and wholly owned by the Norwegian Air Group, applied to the DoT for a permit in December 2013.

Under the permit, NAI can start operating the new routes from Cork to the U.S. that it announced last year.

The Norwegian Air Group is the third largest low-cost airline in Europe, behind Ryanair and Easyjet, and the ninth largest European airline overall.

In 2013, the group applied for an Irish airline license and certificate for a subsidiary Irish airline, called NAI.

Irish Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan said his country strongly supports this new travel option for travellers.

“This new route will strengthen Ireland’s links with Boston and New England, and represents a further significant boost to Cork Airport and the southern region,” Flanagan said.

Meanwhile, Irish Transport Minister Shane Ross said this is good news for consumers on both sides of the Atlantic.

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