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Aer Lingus Reduces Summer Flights from Minneapolis to Dublin

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Aer Lingus is reducing its flights between Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) and Dublin (DUB) to just five times a week through the entire summer, according to published flight schedules, down from the daily service it had previously planned as coronavirus concerns hit the airline industry hard.

Aer Lingus just began flights to Minneapolis last summer, and executives from both the airline and Minneapolis airport have said it's been a smash hit. The exciting new route was fueled by data from the state's business community showing lots of unmet demand for a nonstop flight. And that proved true, as more than 83% of seats on the flight were full in its first month of flights, according to the most recent Bureau of Transportation Statistics figures.

The Irish airline had planned to continue daily flights this summer. But flight schedules show that has now been reduced to just five flights weekly starting in April all the way through September – which includes the typically busy peak summer season. Flights from Minneapolis to Dublin are scheduled for Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Flights back to Minneapolis follow the same schedule.

Brian Ryks, Rick King standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera
Officials from Aer Lingus and MSP celebrate the start of flights between Minneapolis and Dublin. Photo courtesy of MSP Airport

Read the story of how Minneapolis-St. Paul won the new Aer Lingus route to Dublin.

It's unclear if Aer Lingus will reduce service to any of its other 12 gateway cities in North America. In a statement, the airline did not confirm nor deny the cut to Minneapolis service, saying only that it “continues to keep what is a dynamic situation under constant review.”

“Guests whose travel is subject to schedule change will be contacted by Aer Lingus directly,” Aer Lingus said.

Airlines near and far are adjusting their schedules, pausing routes, and flying less frequently as travelers have stopped booking tickets and prepare to stay home and wait out the coronavirus outbreak. Delta has announced it is cutting 10% to 15% of its domestic flights and up to 25% of international service – including a whopping 65% cut to its flights to Asia. American and United are making similar reductions.

This isn't the first time those cuts have hit Minneapolis. Delta has halted its new nonstop service to Seoul-Incheon (ICN) through April. Meanwhile, it has reduced its daily flight from Minneapolis to Tokyo-Haneda (HND) down to five weekly flights.


Lead photo courtesy of Aer Lingus

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2 Responses

  • Booked a flight back in November 2019, and we are actually scheduled to leave in less than 4 hours. Aer Lingus is a huge PIA trying to cancel our flight and we booked it through Chase. After sitting on hold for hours, they both tell us to contact the other. Aaargh

    • I’m curious, were you able to cancel eventually, and did you get a refund? We booked a flight through Cheaptickets late last year before the coronavirus was much more than a whisper in China, and we are supposed to leave in a couple of weeks. My state is still in lockdown for at least another 10 days and I know Ireland and the UK are still requiring new arrivals to quarantine for 2 weeks (the duration of our trip). Everything we wanted to see is closed anyway, so why would we even travel? So far the posted policy for both Aer Lingus and Cheaptickets seems to be point the finger at each other and leave the customer in the lurch.

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