Aer Lingus to launch new route from Dublin to Colorado

Dublin Airport has recently announced Aer Lingus’ plans for a new direct service to Denver, Colorado, along with the relaunch of the Minneapolis-St. Paul route.

Aer Lingus is strengthening its North American network with the introduction of the new Denver and Minneapolis-St. Paul routes from Dublin. The new routes are set to launch in the summer of 2024 and will offer a wider option of travel possibilities for Dublin Airport passengers, not only between Ireland and North America but also to facilitate journeys between Europe and the United States.

Kenny Jacobs, CEO of daa: ‘This development is a testament to the partnership between Dublin Airport and Aer Lingus, affirming our shared commitment to providing diverse travel options for families, couples, solo adventurers, business passengers, and leisure seekers alike. These new routes mark a significant milestone in enhancing connectivity and unlocking novel avenues for passengers.’

The new Dublin – Denver flights will commence on May 17, 2024, offering a four-times-weekly service. Meanwhile, the relaunch of the Minneapolis-St. Paul route is scheduled for April 29, 2024, initially operating four times a week and transitioning to a daily year-round service from October onwards. The route will be serviced using the new A321XLR aircraft, joining the fleet in Winter 2024.

Lynne Embleton, Chief Executive of Aer Lingus, said, ‘Dublin’s strategic positioning, coupled with its pre-clearance facilities and deep-rooted Irish American connections, ideally positions us to bridge the Atlantic divide. With Denver and Minneapolis-St. Paul both flourishing as business hubs within the United States, these new routes will serve to fortify corporate connectivity and provide seamless access to Europe through our Dublin Hub. Moreover, the captivating allure of Denver’s Rocky Mountains and the vibrant business scene in Minneapolis-St. Paul are poised to resonate with leisure passengers.’

‘The success of our growth strategy is unmistakably evident in the remarkable achievement of 2.25 million North American seats this summer and the recent addition of Cleveland, Ohio to our network. We eagerly look forward to welcoming passengers aboard these two innovative routes in the upcoming year,’ Embleton added.

With the move, passengers departing from Denver and Minneapolis-St. Paul will experience the added convenience of onward connections to an impressive selection of 20 European cities via Dublin.

United Airlines adds year-round service between Heathrow and Denver

United Airlines has said that it will offer year-round service between Denver International Airport and London Heathrow, beginning November 1, 2019.

United began summer seasonal service to London Heathrow in March 2018. While the Denver-London route has grown significantly – nearly 60 per cent since 2017, today around 700 people travel between the two cities in a day. London ranks as Denver’s largest long-haul market, and second-largest international market -next to Cancun, Mexico.

‘We are delighted that United has seen such success with nonstop service to London-Heathrow and will offer the flights year-round beginning this winter,’ said DEN CEO Kim Day. ‘The increased capacity is the reflection of both strong local demand as well as the growth of connection opportunities through United’s hub in Denver.’

United will operate the Denver-London Heathrow flight six days per week November through March and daily during the rest of the year on the 219-seat Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft. United’s additional long-haul service from Denver includes year-round, nonstop service to Frankfurt, Germany and Tokyo-Narita, Japan.

With this announcement, Denver Airport now has year-round, nonstop service to London on two airlines, United and British Airways. United’s new service will increase Denver’s nonstop winter capacity to Europe by six percent and increase nonstop winter flight departures to an average of 36 per week.

Norwegian introduces new nonstop service between Denver and London Gatwick

Norwegian has launched nonstop flights between Denver International Airport (DEN) and London Gatwick, offering a low-cost option for passengers travelling between Denver and London.

Norwegian’s new service to London Gatwick will operate twice a week, on Saturdays and Tuesdays, until October 28. The service will then increase to three times a week, with an additional flight on Thursdays starting on November 2. The flight will arrive in Denver at 12:40 pm and depart Denver at 2:40 p.m. It will operate using a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with 344 seats, making it the second carrier at Denver International Airport to operate this aircraft.

London is Denver International’s largest long-haul market and second-largest international market after Cancun, Mexico. Currently, nearly 400 people travel between Denver and London in a day, and the market demand has grown by 33 percent since 2013, DEN said in a release.

‘It is an exciting day for DEN as we celebrate not only a new flight, but a new airline partner who is helping us expand our global reach,’ said airport CEO Kim Day. ‘Norwegian’s unique transatlantic business model will lower fares for Denver travellers, leading to more opportunities to explore the world.’

Thomas Ramdahl, Norwegian’s chief commercial officer, added: ‘We are very excited to continue our expansion in the U.S. and add Denver to our ever-growing route network. We know Coloradans are asking for more affordable flights to Europe, and at the same time, both Denver and Colorado are highly attractive for European business and leisure travellers alike, bringing thousands of visitors to the state. And this is only the beginning for us here in Denver, as we will increase service this November, and in April next year we will also add a nonstop flight to Paris, not only making flying to Europe more affordable than ever, but with award-winning service onboard one of the world’s youngest aircraft fleets.’

With the addition of Norwegian, Denver International Airport has 25 airlines operating at the airport including 10 foreign-flag carriers that provide service to 26 international destinations in 11 countries, and more than 190 total nonstop destinations, the airport noted.