Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Arlene Foster's flight of fancy over Canada route

RECENT comments by the minister responsible for tourism, Arlene Foster, on resuming direct flights with Canada "soon" should be considered tongue-in-cheek.

It is more than two years since the same minister announced with a fanfare direct flights from Belfast International to the United Arab Emirates with Etihad Airlines. However, the logistics of passenger numbers in and out of Northern Ireland didn't add up.

Add in the major hub that Dublin and its two terminals offers, plus its connections to the rest of the world, and it is understandable that Etihad said "thanks, but no thanks".

Maybe Canada will be different, but somehow I doubt that a regular service to Toronto will be as lucrative as the Newark/New York route is for business and leisure traffic.

REALIST

Newtownabbey, Co Antrim

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