MSP Newsletter, September 2018

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Service to Dublin on tap; Sun Country to serve Belize, Caribbean

Irish airline Aer Lingus will begin offering direct service between Minneapolis-St.  Paul International Airport (MSP) and Dublin, Ireland next summer.

Starting on July 8, 2019, daily air service on a Boeing 757 will connect the largest city in Ireland and the Twin Cities.

Located on the nation’s east coast, Dublin is situated at the mouth of the River Liffey and is fronted on the south by the Wicklow Mountains. Steeped in history and boasting a metropolitan population of nearly 2 million people, Dublin is the epicenter of education, the arts, finance and industry in Ireland.


“Through our work with GREATER MSP and the MSP Regional Air Service Partnership, we learned that there is significant demand among Minnesota’s business community for direct air service to Ireland,” said Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) Executive Director and CEO Brian Ryks. “That information demonstrated to Aer Lingus officials that non-stop service between the two cities would be profitable for the airline.”

The MSP Regional Air Service Partnership (RASP) is a collaborative air service-development initiative launched in 2017 by the MAC and GREATER MSP. The RASP helps identify air service needs of businesses in the region and supports MAC efforts to engage airlines that could potentially serve those markets.


The RASP is chaired by Thomson Reuters Executive Vice President-Operations Rick King and former U.S. Bank Chief Executive Officer Richard Davis.

Pictured, left to right: Brian Ryks, MAC CEO and executive director; Stephen Kavanagh, CEO of Aer Lingus; Dalton Phillips, CEO of the Dublin Airport Authority.

“Aer Lingus continues to deliver on its ambition to be the leading value carrier across the North Atlantic, adding new routes and travel options between Ireland, Europe, the USA and Canada, bringing increased connectivity, growing Irish employment and supporting international trade and economic growth,” said Aer Lingus CEO Stephen Kavanagh.

Flights are scheduled daily except for January and February, when they will occur four days per week. Aer Lingus offers complimentary on-board meals, a variety of in-flight entertainment, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection pre-clearance at Dublin Airport.

Dublin is the second new year-round international route for MSP announced in 2018. In June, Delta Air Lines announced service to Seoul, South Korea, slated to begin April 1, 2019. 

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Sun Country this month announced new seasonal service to Belize in Central America, and to St. Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean.

The flights mark Sun Country’s first-ever nonstop service to those destinations, which begins on Dec. 22, 2018.

“At Sun Country, we pride ourselves on delivering fantastic value to our guests, connecting them to their favorite people, places and memories,” said Ben Brookman, vice president of network and pricing for Sun Country. “Belize and St. Kitts and Nevis are amazing beach destinations that we have no doubt Minnesotans will be excited to flock to in the winter.”

Flights between MSP and both of the new destinations will operate once per week, with roundtrips on Saturdays, from Dec. 22, 2018 to April 20, 2019.

Full information on flights and fares is available at Sun Country’s website.

MSP Conference Center ideal for meetings

MSP is a crossroads for business travelers from all over the globe, and the airport has a convenient and unique amenity for meetings just above the airport mall.

The Airport Conference Center at MSP offers business services, private office space and meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 100 people. 

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Located at Terminal 1 -- above the entrance to Concourse F -- the Conference Center comes with all the technology needed to make a great presentation, including rentals of audio/visual and presentation equipment.

Administrative services are offered as well, including printing, scanning, faxing, photocopies, First Class stamps and envelopes. 

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The center’s in-house kitchen also provides catering and food and beverage service for breakfast, lunch or dinner, allowing you to use your time at MSP efficiently.

Whether you’re a business located in the Twin Cities region, hosting a meeting with colleagues who are flying in from around the world, deposing a witness, or your business is on-site at MSP, the Conference Center has a meeting spot that can work for you.

For more information, visit the Center’s website or call 612-794-4500.

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