The first direct flight from New York gets an Irish welcome on arrival at Farranfore, County Kerry.

The Trans American Air Boeing 757 was met on the tarmac by Tánaiste Dick Spring to the sound of traditional Irish music.

The arrival of the flight coincides with a 150% increase in passenger traffic at Kerry Airport highlighting the growing importance of regional airports in Ireland.

The Tánaiste outlines what this new route means for Kerry. General Manager at Kerry Airport, Peter Bellew, describes the occasion as,

A completely new era for Kerry Airport... It's opened up a whole new market for Kerry.

New Yorker and adopted Kerry woman Margaret Dwyer recalls the first New York to Shannon flight 50 years previously.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 31 July 1995. The reporter is Barrai Mescall.