The first chartered transatlantic flight arrives from New York at Cork Airport.

The Transocean Airways DC8 Jet landed shortly after midday becoming the first chartered transatlantic flight to fly directly to Cork.

The landing comes following a recent extension of a thousand feet to the Cork Airport runway. The St Finbar's Pipe Band along with crowds of people were waiting for the plane's arrival.

The Lord Mayor of Cork Councillor Chrissie Aherne and Minister of State for Tourism and Transport Denis Lyons witnessed the historic aviation event and welcomed passengers to Cork.

Among those travelling were some forty members of the County Cork Association of New York led by their first woman president Mai O'Driscoll.

It is extremely significant since historically our ancestors left from the harbour of Cork and now we are reopening a new gateway and we can return through Cork Airport.

A letter of congratulations from the Mayor of New York Edward Koch was presented to the Lord Mayor of Cork saying that the historic ties between the two cities would now be even stronger by the new air route.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 3 August 1989. The reporter is Eileen Whelan.