Ireland West Knock Airport has established a unique sister relationship with Stewart International Airport in New York.
The aim of the partnership is to form a strategic alliance between the facilities in order to exchange information, and develop air access between both airports.
The agreement was signed at Stewart Airport in Orange County on Friday last and was witnessed by a number of local representatives including Vice Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council, Fianna Fail Councillor Keith Henry and CEO of Sligo County Council, Ciaran Hayes.
In establishing such an alliance, the aim is to develop a cooperative partnership for the purpose of sharing market research data, relevant to developing air service between both airports.
Both facilities also hope to collaborate with each other in relation to promoting New York and the West of Ireland as vibrant destinations for both business and leisure travel.
They also aim to develop direct air access between both airports by working on joint marketing presentations to potential air carriers with the goal of increasing tourism and economic growth in both regions.
Donal Healy, Head of Marketing at Knock Airport says the ultimate aim of such an initiative is to establish permanent direct air links between New York and the West of Ireland.