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The ITLG has long championed the need for direct flights between Dublin and the West Coast. With such a high concentration of companies in Dublin which are headquartered in Silicon Valley, there is an urgent need to facilitate closer transport links between the two centres. Speaking to Silicon Valley Global, the Irish Transport Minister Leo Varadkar described it as a priority issue of his Ministry and acknowledged the significant benefits which direct flight links would provide. The ITLG has also met with a number of major airlines to discuss the prospect of establishing a Dublin to California route and in December an ITLG delegation discussed the issue with Air Lingus management. Air Lingus provided a Dublin to Los Angeles flight until November 2008 but dropped

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the service as part of a cost cutting programme. Most observers agree that Air Lingus is giving the route serious consideration. The airline has taken soundings from US tech companies around Ireland to assess the level of interest in a regular service to San Fransisco or San Jose in California. “American businesses in Ireland are very keen to see a direct connection between Dublin and the west coast of the US,” said ITLG Head of Operations, Cian Hughes. “It was a setback to lose the connection and I think that the re-introduction of a similar route would be helpful in terms of attracting further IT investment and helping to sustain existing investment. It would certainly be advantageous to the American multinationals based here.”

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