Alex Easton MLA has welcomed the ruling by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) which rejected a complaint brought by Boeing against Bombardier’s C-Series aircraft. The ruling overturns a decision to impose tariffs on imports of the jet whose wings are manufactured in Belfast.

Speaking today Alex Easton MLA said:

“This is fantastic news for Bombardier and particularly for the firm’s 4,000 workers in Northern Ireland and the many from the workforce that live in the North Down area and the many more that form part of the supply chain here. This has been a very difficult time for those staff that faced an uncertain future. Even in recent days there some pessimism had grown, but Bombardier’s greatest strength here in Belfast is the quality of those workers and the product they deliver.

Right from the outset management have worked tirelessly to secure the best possible outcome and I would pay tribute to their fortitude throughout this process. Whilst the joint venture with Airbus was a very significant development and offered great hope, this news means that the C-Series is fully ready for take-off and I firmly believe it can now maximise its huge potential.”