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23 February 2017

FSB welcomes new direct routes from Belfast to United States as vital to ‘global market’

NORTHERN Ireland’s largest business organisation, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has welcomed today’s announcement of the commencement of flights between Belfast and the United States, as vital to ensuring that local small businesses can compete effectively in the ‘global market’. 

Wilfred Mitchell OBE, FSB Northern Ireland Policy Chair said:  “The direct route between Belfast and New York was highly valued by many business owners and FSB members, as they service existing US customers and explore other markets as the UK prepares to leave the EU.  Trade links with the United States are an important part of this strategy.

“The direct air links with the United States enables many visitors and investors to fly directly into Northern Ireland, and sends a positive signal that local businesses are well-positioned in the global market.”

In November 2016, FSB raised concerns that the withdrawal of the Belfast to New York route would leave visitors and investors with no other option but to travel via the Republic of Ireland, heightening the need for clarity on how the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland would operate. 

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