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Aer Lingus continues its strong growth of transatlantic routes from Dublin with the launch of two new routes next summer.
The airline will fly from Dublin to Minneapolis – St Paul from Monday 8 July 2019 and Montreal from Thursday 8 August 2019.
Flights will operate daily. Minneapolis – St Paul will be operated with a Boeing 757 aircraft. Montreal will be operated with a brand new Airbus A321 neo Long Range aircraft, in respect of which Aer Lingus is yet to unveil interior images.
Whilst both routes are already served by direct flights from London, Aer Lingus passengers flying to Minneapolis – St Paul will benefit from US Custms & Immigration pre-clearance in Dublin.
There are ample connections to all flights from London City, Gatwick and Heathrow. If there’s one complaint we could make about timetabling it is that Aer Lingus’ flight arrives in Montreal close to BA’s own daily flight. If Aer Lingus had scheduled its flight earlier in the day, then Aer Lingus and BA would be offering a choice of departure times for passengers on a route where they have a lot of competition in Europe from Air Canada and Air France.
Dublin – Minneapolis – St Paul
Flight EI89 Depart Dublin 14:10 – Arrive Minneapolis – St Paul 16:55
Flight EI88 Depart Minneapolis – St Paul 19:00 – Arrive Dublin 08:40
Dublin – Montreal
Flight EI99 Depart Dublin 18:50 – Arrive Montreal 20:50
Flight EI98 Depart Montreal 22:20 – Arrive Dublin 09:40
Aer Lingus has clearly got into its stride in launching new transatlantic routes under the umbrella of IAG. Many more are expected to follow in the coming years.
There’s still no word on when Aer Lingus will join the transatlantic joint-venture with American Airlines and BA. However, it is understood that the regulatory approval process is in progress.