The US Department of Transportation tentatively cleared the way for a new direct route between Boston, Massachusetts and Cork City, Ireland on low-cost carrier Norwegian Air.
The service is expected to launch this summer and fly four or five times a week between Cork Airport and Boston Logan International Airport, according to officials.
Niall MacCarthy, managing director of Cork Airport, told Breaking News Ireland, "This is absolutely fantastic news for the airport, the airline and the region."
In Boston, local Irish organizations expressed delight that the new route will further strengthen ties between the tourism industries in Massachusetts and Ireland.
"The Boston-Cork route adds another option for American and Irish consumers traveling between these two great destinations," said Colette Quinlin, managing director of the Boston Irish Tourism Association. "In addition, Boston and Cork share many amenities that appeal to visitors: a rich and proud history, stunning coastline, a robust culinary scene and a vibrant arts and cultural scene," she said.
County Cork is one of six counties in the Province of Munster, which also includes counties Kerry, Waterford, Limerick, Clare and Tipperary.
Boston is located in Massachusetts, which has the highest percentage of residents with Irish ancestry in the United States, at 21.5%. And Massachusetts is part of the New England region, which also has a high percentage of Americans of Irish descent.
For year round information on the Irish community in Massachusetts, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.
For information on traveling to Ireland, visit Ireland.com.