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Upstate New York airport in talk over Irish air link

By Colm Kelpie

Syracuse Hancock International Airport has lobbied the Republic's Department of Transport to look at establishing flights between Ireland and upstate New York.

The airport, which is represented by New York-headquartered international law firm K&L Gates, is looking at the possibility of regular scheduled flights.

The person primarily responsible for lobbying on the issue is K&L's government affairs counsellor James T Walsh, who, according to K&L's website, is based at the firm's Washington DC office. Mr Walsh is a former congressman who served in the House of Representatives for 20 years.

A meeting was held at the Department of Transport in Dublin on March 20 involving the secretary general of the department, Graham Doyle, and Fine Gael TD John Deasy, according to the lobbying register.

Norwegian Air International (NAI), a subsidiary of Scandinavian carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle, launched flights to the US from Belfast International and the Republic at the start of the month.

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