Aer Lingus Celebrates a Return to Minneapolis-St. Paul

Aer Lingus cabin crew disembark at Minneapolis-St Paul
Photo Credit: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Irish carrier Aer Lingus celebrates a significant milestone as its Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) route takes flight. The relaunch from Dublin Airport marks the first time the carrier has flown the route since March 2020.

This marks the full restoration of Aer Lingus’s pre-pandemic North American network. The renewed network provides even more U.S. travel options for passengers across Britain.

Four weekly flights will now connect Dublin and Minneapolis-St. Paul, operated by Aer Lingus’s comfortable Airbus A330 widebody aircraft.

Flight timings ensure seamless connections to and from the airline’s 15 destinations in mainland Britain. This includes key regional hubs, including London Heathrow, Manchester, and Edinburgh.

Passengers seeking a taste of Minnesota can secure one-way fares from the UK starting at an attractive £279 (including taxes and charges).

A Return to the Twin Cities

This relaunch goes beyond simply restoring a paused service. The Minneapolis-St. Paul route, nicknamed the “Twin Cities,” offers a captivating blend of business and leisure opportunities.

The city boasts a thriving business scene with strong connections to Ireland, particularly in the healthcare and biomedical sectors.

Beyond business, Minneapolis-St. Paul is renowned for its vibrant art, music, and culinary scene. Whether your visit is for work or pleasure, you’ll find a plethora of attractions to explore.

Visitors can take in sights from the iconic Mall of America to the beauty of nearby lakes and parks.

Complete Restoration of North American Network

Aer Lingus Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, Reid Moody, expressed the airline’s delight at reintroducing Minneapolis-St. Paul to their network.

He highlighted the strong passenger demand for the route’s return and Aer Lingus’s dedication to providing seamless connections between North America, Ireland, and the rest of Europe.

This relaunch signifies the airline’s complete restoration of its pre-pandemic network and reinforces their commitment to their Dublin Hub strategy.

Minneapolis-St. Paul plays a significant role as a U.S. business hub, and Aer Lingus looks forward to facilitating strong corporate links and connectivity through Dublin.

Popularity of Onwards Connections

Aer Lingus’s strategic network expansion reflects their dedication to the Dublin Hub strategy, offering seamless connections beyond Ireland to Europe.

Data shows that nearly half of passengers flying from Minneapolis-St. Paul to Dublin plan to connect onwards. Popular destinations include London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome, Barcelona, and Berlin.

Upgrades to Long-Haul Flight Program

The return of flights to the Twin Cities coincides with exciting upgrades to the Aer Lingus long-haul flight program.

A brand-new Business Class menu, inspired by the best of Irish cuisine and curated based on customer feedback, focuses on seasonal, local, and sustainably sourced ingredients.

This ensures a hearty and healthy dining experience for Business Class passengers, featuring dishes like skin-on thyme and parsley chicken supreme, herb-infused roasted pork, flaky pan-fried hake, and citrus-marinated salmon.

Vegetarian and lighter options are also available, including a new rich root vegetable and pearl barley stew served with a seasonal salad. These additions, along with many more, are now available for Business Class passengers on long-haul flights.

All passengers can enjoy the benefits of Aer Lingus’s newly enhanced Wi-Fi, which now utilizes next-generation satellites for improved coverage across transatlantic routes.

The in-flight entertainment library has also been expanded by a third, offering a wider selection of movie blockbusters, documentaries, and the latest TV shows to keep you entertained throughout your journey.

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