New Hong Kong route is set to de­liver boost to lo­cal econ­omy

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

THERE has been a cross-party wel­come among lo­cal politi­cians for the an­nounce­ment that direct flights be­tween Dublin and Hong Kong will be avail­able, next sum­mer.

Fianna Fáil Spokesper­son for For­eign Af­fairs and Trade, Dar­ragh O’brien said: ‘A lot of ef­fort has gone in to strength­en­ing Ire­land’s trading re­la­tion­ship with China in re­cent years and is now worth a con­sid­er­able amount with ex­ports ex­ceed­ing ex­pec­ta­tions.

‘The new direct flight be­tween Ire­land and Hong Kong will un­doubt­edly en­hance and in­crease com­mer­cial links be­tween Ire­land and Hong Kong.’

Deputy O’brien added: ‘A sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of Ir­ish firms em­ploy thou­sands of peo­ple to op­er­ate their base in Hong Kong; this direct ser­vice will im­prove the con­nectabil­ity of both coun­tries.’

Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fin­gal and Chair­man of the Oireach­tas Com­mit­tee on Chil­dren & Youth Af­fairs, Alan Far­rell has said the an­nounce­ment of a new direct flight ser­vice from Dublin to Hong Kong, op­er­ated by Cathay Pa­cific, four times per week is ‘great news for the North County, and for the en­tire Ir­ish econ­omy’.

Deputy Far­rell said: ‘This an­nounce­ment will cer­tainly ben­e­fit the North County, along with our wider econ­omy, by cre­at­ing greater trans­port links for Ir­ish ex­porters and in­dige­nous busi­nesses, help­ing to at­tract greater lev­els of For­eign Direct In­vest­ment, and fa­cil­i­tat­ing in­creased lev­els of tourism from grow­ing mar­kets.’

Cathay Pa­cific launch direct route from Dublin to Hong Kong.

Deputy Dar­ragh O’brien.

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