Low cost flights from Ireland to USA a step closer
Low cost flights between Ireland and the USA have been given a significant boost as US President Donald Trump will not interfere with a pre-existing licence.
Last December, budget airline Norwegian Air announced that they had been given a permit to run low-cost transatlantic flights from Ireland.
It had been a struggle to get to the stage where the licence was granted as unions were pressuring the US Department of Transport to reject the move. However, former President Barack Obama did eventually grant the licence.
Congress have tried to have the decision overturned with 100 members writing to President Trump in a bid to get him to revoke the licence.
However, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer revealed that President Trump says that he has no intention of doing so.
Spicer said there would be huge economic benefits in allowing the licence to stand including promises by Norwegian Air to use 50% American crews and use Boeing jets.
He said it will provide jobs for US citizens both in building the planes and working on them.
Norwegian Air spokesman Stuart Buss said that they would make an announcement on their plans in the coming weeks.
Written by Michael Kehoe @michaelcalling