Aer Lingus considers routes between Cork and the US

A legal dispute could delay transatlantic flights...

Aer Lingus considers routes between Cork and the US

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There is disappointing short-term news for those planning transatlantic flights from Cork Airport, though slightly more hopeful developments in the longer term.

The US Department of Transportation has pushed its hearing out by ten days, to May 16th after receiving objections to the plans by Norwegian Air International to fly from Cork to Boston from the summer months.

This follows requests for a deferment from a growing number of trade unions on both sides of the Atlantic that are preparing submissions opposing Norwegian’s plans. It was reported last week that four US congressmen are also planning to submit an opposing submission.

Meanwhile IAG boss, Willie Walsh has told the Irish Independent this morning that Aer Lingus is examining the purchase of a new single-aisle aircraft type – the A321LR, that would be able to reach the US east coast from Cork.

According to Mr Walsh, Aer Lingus will examine the viability of such a route, carrying 16 business class and 190 economy passengers – though its launch could be three years away.

"We looked at it when I was at Aer Lingus, and I'm sure that it's something we will look at again. It's much more viable from an economic point of view with a smaller gauge aircraft," Mr Walsh said.