MEP welcomes increase in transatlantic carriers

An Ireland-South MEP has welcomed the increase in transatlantic flights by low-cost carriers. 

MEP Deidre Clune compared the emergence of low-cost short haul flights across the Atlantic to the boom in European routes in the late 1990s.  

She says airlines were able to flourish because of the creation of a single market for aviation, as prior to this air transport was a highly regulated industry dominated by national flag carriers and state-owned airports.  

Clune added that more low-cost carriers on transatlantic routes will mean cheaper flights for consumers, more choice and more opportunities for inbound tourists from the US and Canada.