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Sinn Féin welcome new European air route

2 December, 2004


Sinn Féin Economy Spokesperson, national chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin has welcomed the introduction of a new direct daily air route to from Belfast to Geneva operated by easyJet.

Mr McLaughlin said:

"This new air route between Belfast and Geneva is good news for the local economy both in terms of the potential to directly create jobs and also in terms of developing trans European trade and tourism.

"The decision of easyJet to increase its services points to confidence in both the tourism market and a potential to build upon existing Euro trade.

"The success of the Air Route Development Fund in bringing seven new air routes to the north is helping to put us on the international business map, as well as contributing to the growth of the tourism. It is vital that we see more direct strategic intervention to ensure that this potential is built upon by increasing support for local businesses in targeting European markets and a stronger focus on developing our tourist potential through strengthening the remit of Tourism Ireland" ENDS

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