The Pilot Training College whose Irish students have been left without flight training in the US has apologised over the distress caused.

In a statement, the Pilot Training College insists that its US training partner, the Florida Institute of Technology is to blame for the problems.

The college says it is working to mitigate any losses that its students might suffer and it says that it is suing Florida Institute of Technology.

The Irish Airline Pilots' Association has called on the Government and the Irish Aviation Authority to fund any additional costs incurred by the students in completing their training.

Transport Minister Leo Varadkar today ruled out any financial aid from the Government on RTÉ's News at One, but the Irish Airline Pilots Association says this isn't good enough.

Earlier, Enterprise Ireland has confirmed to RTÉ News that it is a significant investor in the Irish aviation training agency, Pilot Training College.

The development agency’s support of the Waterford-based company goes back as far as 2008.

At least 80 Irish and many other trainee pilots have expressed deep concern about their future after their training course in Florida was abruptly halted.

The trainees have been left without training, and the Irish company has had its training licence suspended

The training centre received €18,000 in support from Enterprise Ireland in 2008 and in 2010 the State agency took a significant stake in the form of €400,000 worth of repayable preference shares.

A spokesman for Enterprise Ireland acknowledged the concern there is about the Irish and other citizens, now stuck without training in Florida, but would not be drawn further.

The Irish consul in Atlanta, Georgia, is travelling to provide assistance to the Irish trainees, who fear they may lose everything they have invested in this course.

They have to leave their accommodation in just over a week and their visas will be invalid after 17 July.

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton has said he is aware of the difficult situation being faced by the student pilots in Florida.

In a statement, Minister Bruton said he is in contact with Enterprise Ireland on this issue and notes the comments of the agency on the subjects.

Minister Bruton said that he understands that the Irish Aviation Authority remains engaged on this issue and notes their comments.