Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar has today (Tuesday) confirmed that the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) will fund the flight costs of those self-financing students in Florida who have an existing contract with the Pilot Training College and who wish to leave the USA.
This situation arises from the on-going inability of the Pilot Training College (PTC), a privately-owned and operated flight training school, to meet its obligations to its students in relation to the completion of their training in Florida.
While the Minister, the Department and the IAA do not have any involvement in, or responsibility for, the contractual arrangements between PTC and its students, the Minister regrets the difficulties being experienced by students and their families and has agreed with the IAA to fund the flight costs.
This offer is being made as a gesture of goodwill and is made without prejudice. It only applies to self-financing students who are unable to complete their current pilot training in Florida. The offer is for the cost of a one-way airline ticket for those students.
Self-financing students who have already left the USA since June 26th, when the IAA was first informed that the Florida Institute of Technology was ceasing all training activities in Florida for PTC, may also reclaim the cost of a one-way economy class airline ticket. The offer will remain available to students until 1st August.
Those who wish to avail of the offer should contact the IAA on their helpline at (01) 603 1111 from tomorrow morning, Wednesday 11th July.
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport Press Office: (01) 604 1090/(01) 604 1087. Nick Miller (086) 6992080.