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Aer Lingus to start direct flights between Twin Cities and Ireland

There was significant demand for the route from the business community.

The Twin Cities are getting another direct route to Europe, and its first to the Republic of Ireland, starting next summer.

Aer Lingus has announced it will start direct flights between Dublin and Minneapolis-St. Paul beginning July 8, 2019.

It will give Minnesotans a straight shot to the Irish capital, a popular destination for American tourists. Currently, anyone traveling from MSP to Ireland typically connects through Chicago.

It will also help improve business links between Ireland and Minnesota, with the Metropolitan Airports Commission saying it learned there was "significant demand" from the state's business community for a direct service to Dublin.

The service to Dublin will be daily, with the flight operated by an Aer Lingus Boeing 757. MPR reports the fares will start at around $279 each-way when booked as a round trip, including taxes and charges.

Dublin will become the 6th European city you can fly to direct from MSP. The others are London, Paris and Amsterdam (Delta), Reykjavik (Icelandair), and Frankfurt (Condor).

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It's also the second new international route announced from MSP this year, after Delta revealed it will start direct flights to Seoul, South Korea.

One company that will benefit from the improved Irish links will be medical device company Medtronic, which a few years ago moved its principal headquarters from Minnesota to Dublin, lowering its tax liabilities in the process.

It still retains its operational HQ in Minneapolis.

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