Cork Airport is to be thanked for the reassuring news it has for people who feared that an impenetrable iron curtain would rise up in the middle of the Irish Sea if our nearest neighbour leaves the EU on October 31 without an agreed withdrawal treaty; and with it comes a timely reminder of the extent Common Travel Area agreement (CTA) that was sealed many decades before Ireland and Britain joined the then European Economic Community.
One flight was forced to divert to Cork Airport while others were placed in holding patterns because of restrictions associated with the departure of the jet carrying the US Vice President this morning.
Even if you were to confine the exercise to a timeframe book-ended by Charlie McCreevy’s decentralisation proposals from 2003, the number of reports warning about unbalanced regional development would, if laid back-to-back, stretch almost the length of the main runway at Dublin Airport.
Norwegian Air flights from Cork and Shannon to the US east coast are now unlikely to return for the entire summer schedule, an MEP has claimed, as the firm admitted it is unlikely to return to profitability this year.
Norwegian said in response to the suspension of Boeing 737 Max planes by European aviation authorities, which are used on its Cork and Shannon routes to the US, it would transport passengers by bus to Dublin, where they will fly on different Boeing aircraft.