The inaugural Aer Lingus direct flight from Dublin to Minneapolis-St Paul landed at 5.04pm local time on July 1st, having taken off from Dublin Airport at 2.10pm that day.
Flight EI089 was operated by a Boeing 757 aircraft carrying the registration EI-LBR and named Saint Odhrán. The cabin crew waved American and Irish flags as fire trucks sprayed water over the craft upon landing.
The new Dublin-Minneapolis-St. Paul service will initially operate six times weekly, increasing to a daily, year-round service from August this year with up to 2,478 roundtrip seats available each week. Business travel will be a strong focus for the new route – 17 Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in the region, and the city is one of North America’s fastest growing tech hubs.
Minneapolis-St. Paul is Aer Lingus’ 16th transatlantic route. Last year the airline began flying to Philadelphia and Seattle and continues to serve popular North American destinations including New York, Boston, Washington, Los Angeles, Miami and San Francisco.
Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s Head of North America, said: “We are delighted to welcome the launch by Aer Lingus of its new non-stop Minneapolis-St Paul to Dublin service, which will provide another major boost for both leisure and business tourism from the US to the island of Ireland. As an island, the importance of frequent, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism. We wish Aer Lingus every success with the new route and we look forward to co-operating with them to maximise the promotion of this new service from Minneapolis-St Paul.”