Cork South West Fine Gael TD Jim Daly has called on the Taoiseach to lead a delegation early in the New Year to Washington to lobby the new administration under president elect Trump to grant the license to Norwegian Airlines to fly from Cork Airport to the USA.
Addressing the Taoiseach in the Dáil this week/today (Tuesday), Jim Daly noted the recent controversy over Donald Trumps intention to build a wall around the Mexican coast and accused the Obama led administration of “building a wall in the skies” and preventing all transatlantic traffic from the US to Ireland’s second largest airport – Cork.
Deputy Jim Daly advised the Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD that he had numerous conversations with Mr. Dan Kantz Chief of Staff to Secretary Foxx the US Minister for Transport but despite Deputy Daly’s best entreaties Secretary Foxx has still refused to grant the license to Norwegian Airlines to fly direct from Cork Airport.
The Taoiseach responded to Jim Daly outlining how he had raised the matter directly with President Obama and Vice President Biden and efforts continue to be made by the current Minister for Transport Shane Ross. The Taoiseach assured Deputy Daly that he would consider the request and continue to explore all avenues to have the matter progressed.
Speaking following the debate in the Dáil, Jim Daly expressed his hope that the new administration led by President elect Trump will see fit to undo the present injustice being perpetrated on the people of Cork and the wider Munster region and grant a license to allow this route take off early next year. “I will continue to lobby the Taoiseach at every opportunity as the only barriers to this route taking off are not economic or safety but political” concluded Jim Daly.