Aer Lingus is to increase transatlantic services from Dublin to 15 routes with new flights to Minneapolis and Montreal from summer 2019.

The Irish carrier, which is owned by British Airways’ parent company IAG, will launch a daily route to Minneapolis-St Paul on July 8, 2019, followed by the Montreal service on August 8.

The Minneapolis-St Paul route will be operated by Boeing 757 aircraft while Aer Lingus will use a Airbus A321neo on the Montreal service.

The extra routes will add 250,000 seats to Aer Lingus’ transatlantic capacity which already offers 2.8 million seats per year to North America.

Vincent Harrison, Dublin airport’s managing director, said: “We have been working closely with Aer Lingus since 2014 to grow its North American business and build a substantial transfer business. 

“These new services to Minneapolis and Montreal will both have significant onward connections from Dublin to cities in the UK and continental Europe.”

Passengers travelling on the new service to Minneapolis-St Paul will use US Pre Clearance facilities at Dublin airport.

Aer Lingus CEO Stephen Kavanagh said: “These destinations each have a rich heritage, vibrant culture and much to offer visitors travelling for business or leisure.”

Transatlantic passenger numbers from Dublin have increased by 82% since 2012 to reach 3.5 million in 2017.

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