Get ready to take off across the ocean to two new transatlantic destinations. Announced by Aer Lingus, the airline will now be flying to Montreal and Minneapolis-St.Paul.
These two new North American destinations will be taking off from summer 2019, with the airline now having 15 ways to the USA.
Located on the banks of the Mississippi River in Midwest US, the twin city of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota joins Montreal, the largest city in Canada’s French-Canadian Quebec province, as the 14th and 15th North American destinations on Aer Lingus’ expanding transatlantic network.
Film fans will be familiar with Minneapolis-St. Paul as it was the backdrop for the Coen brothers’ Fargo as well as comedy sports-drama The Mighty Ducks. Musicians Bob Dylan and Prince also hail from the area, as well as world-famous author F. Scott Fitzgerald.
The two new destinations will add a quarter of million additional seats annually to Aer Lingus’ transatlantic network, which already comprises 2.8m seats annually between Ireland and North America.
Famous for its French heritage, the city of Montreal is the second largest French-speaking city in the world after Paris, but it also has a strong Irish connection.
Designated a UNESCO City of Design in 2006, Montreal is the perfect travel destination for those seeking culture, architecture and food. The city is built upon a series of interconnected underground tunnels which span 32km and connect shopping malls, metro stations, universities and museums.
Aer Lingus has launched eight new transatlantic flights since 2015, with the airline’s CEO, Stephen Kavanagh, commenting: “We are pleased to announce two new transatlantic routes from our Dublin Hub with daily direct service to Montreal and Minneapolis-St Paul commencing in summer 2019. These destinations each have a rich heritage, vibrant culture and much to offer visitors travelling for business or leisure.”
Brian Ryks, Executive Director and CEO of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, which owns and operates Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, said: “Minneapolis-St. Paul and Dublin are both important centres for commerce and culture, with vibrant arts and entertainment offerings. I am very pleased that Aer Lingus will provide a direct connection between the cities, creating opportunities to strengthen economic and cultural ties on both sides of the Atlantic.”
Philippe Rainville, President and CEO of Aéroports de Montréal added: “We are tremendously proud to welcome Aer Lingus, the 37th airline to join the great Montréal-Trudeau family. The arrival of the Irish carrier on the Montréal-Dublin route starting in August 2019 will enhance the annual air service to a very popular destination for both our communities, at a competitive price. I’m sure travellers will appreciate this year-long direct connection and am confident this new collaboration will be a successful one.”
Fares to Montreal start from €239 and to Minneapolis-St. Paul from €249, each-way including taxes and charges, when booked as a return trip. For more information, visit aerlingus.com.