Monday, March 19, 2007

ALLLRIGHT!!!!! "Oh, oh big ol jet airliner, Don't carry me too far away"

Direct flight to Dublin finally set

After four years of trying by city officials to establish a nonstop flight between SFO and Dublin, Ireland, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom said Friday that the airline Aer Lingus is expected to begin a five-day-a-week, direct flight by the end of the year.

Joined by Supervisor Sean Elsbernd and Martin Cullen, the Irish minister for transport, Newsom said it was an important milestone for the 11 percent of Bay Area residents who are of Irish descent. He said it would prove an economic boost, providing more than 900 jobs and bringing in $6.8 million in taxes each year to the city and state.

The European Union's Council of Transport Ministries must approve the flight -- which it is expected to do at its meeting next week

Hey Heathrow!!! B*te me!


Bearhunter said...

Fantastic news. Now I can get (almost) direct from NZ to Ireland. Wayhey!

Miss Templeton said...

Unless you are he, I have a good friend in New Zealand who is doing quite well with his Celtic roots band The Fiddler's Bitches.

Here's their MySpace page.

listerplus said...

Hola Miss Templeton,

I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiment expressed in the last sentence of your post.

Have you heard that Lefty O'Doul Stadium is going solar this summer? I've got a link to the story at my place, along with a short Lefty retrospective I think you might enjoy.



Bearhunter said...

Dammit, woman, can't a man have a secret identity anymore?

FionnchĂș said...

You are lucky. If we many Angelenos can get a direct connection (non-stop, hooray!) to Dublin, you few San Franciscans due to your historic ties and greater devotion to ye olde Keltic culture deserve same. I hate Heathrow. It's almost as bad as Paris DeGaulle, or Toronto. Or, for that matter, LAX!