Aer Lingus expands its network with Denver and Minneapolis-St Paul

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Len Varley - Assistant Editor 4 Min Read
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Irish carrier Aer Lingus is gearing up to enhance its North American network with the recent announcement of two new direct transatlantic routes – Denver and Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Starting as part of its summer 2024 program, travelers can look forward to convenient connections between Dublin and Denver, Colorado, as well as the re-launch of the Minneapolis-St. Paul route.

This latest expansion underscores Aer Lingus’ commitment its strong transatlantic network, and connectivity with Europe.

Denver and Minneapolis-St. Paul

The introduction of the Dublin-Denver route, scheduled to commence on May 17 2024, is set to open up new avenues for travelers seeking the allure of Colorado’s breathtaking landscapes.

Flights will operate four times a week, providing passengers with a gateway to the Rockies’ outdoor wonders, including world-class skiing and hiking.

Aer Lingus CEO and cabin crew with Denver and Minneapolis-St.Paul signs.
Pictured are Lynn Embleton, CEO of Aer Lingus (centre) with Angela Calinawan (left) and Ornaith McGuinness (right), Aer Lingus Cabin Crew. Pic: Naoise Culhane


On the other hand, the Minneapolis-St. Paul route, set to take off on April 29 2024, will offer travelers daily year-round service starting from the following October.

This route will be serviced by the airline’s Airbus A321XLR aircraft from Winter 2024.

Both routes will initially operate four times per week throughout summer 2024, with the Minneapolis – St. Paul route increasing to a daily, year-round service from October 2024 onwards. Each route will be served by the Airbus A330.  

Dublin: The Hub of Transatlantic Travel

With Dublin’s strategic geographical location as the gateway to Europe and its pre-clearance facilities at the airport, Aer Lingus is optimally positioned to facilitate seamless connections across the Atlantic.

Lynne Embleton, Aer Lingus Chief Executive, highlighted the airline’s role in fostering connections and shared experiences between people and places on both sides of the Atlantic.

“Denver and Minneapolis-St Paul are significant business destinations within the US and the new Aer Lingus routes facilitate corporate links and connectivity between Europe and North America, through our Dublin Hub,” Embleton said.

“Denver’s position as the ‘Gateway to the Rockies’ and its outdoor appeal, from world class skiing to hiking, opens up a whole new US experience to leisure travellers from Ireland and Europe.”

Gateway to Europe

The new routes from Denver and Minneapolis-St. Paul offer more than just transatlantic connections – they effectively serve as gateways to Europe.

Passengers departing from these North American cities can enjoy the convenience of onward connections to 20 European cities via Dublin.

This expansion aims to provide travelers with versatile options for both business and leisure travel, creating new opportunities for cultural exploration and economic engagement.

Aer Lingus Positioning

Having turned in a sound set of financials for the first half of 2024, Aer Lingus continues to solidify its position as a prominent player in the aviation industry.

With a total of 18 routes operated between Ireland and North America, the airline stands as a vital bridge connecting the two continents.

Ranked fourth globally in terms of the breadth of its longhaul network to key US gateways, and fifth largest European carrier based on seats offered between the US and Europe, Aer Lingus embodies a commitment to excellence and connectivity.

As the world navigates dynamic market conditions, Aer Lingus remains committed to its growth strategy. The successful addition of Cleveland, Ohio to its network this summer demonstrates the airline’s confidence and determination.

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