DENVER (KDVR) — A new nonstop international flight is coming to Denver International Airport in 2024.
Thursday, the nation’s third-busiest airport and the world’s seventh-busiest airport has added a new nonstop flight to its schedule.
Aer Lingus is the national airline of Ireland and was founded in 1936. Each plane is adorned with a shamrock and takes travelers across Europe and the North Atlantic.
Now, the international airline is adding a new nonstop route to Denver. The airline made the announcement on its Twitter page. Beginning on May 17, 2024, passengers can fly directly from the Mile High City to Dublin, Ireland.
Aer Lingus will be the 24th airline to serve DIA, according to the airport.
The airline will be flying four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, making international travel into Europe a little smoother with fewer connecting flights.
Flights will depart from Denver at 8:45 p.m. and arrive in Dublin at 12:30 p.m. the next day. Returning flights from Dublin will depart at 4:15 p.m. and arrive in Denver at 7 p.m.
“With Dublin’s geographic position as the gateway to Europe, pre-clearance facilities at the airport and the strong, long-established Irish American ties, Aer Lingus is ideally placed to connect people and places across the Atlantic,” Aer Lingus Chief Executive, Lynne Embleton said.
Before Aer Lingus, travelers headed to Ireland had to make at least one connecting stop somewhere in the U.S. Travel time could be up to 15 hours with a layover. Now, a nonstop flight from Denver to Ireland would take less than 10 hours.
The airline also announced that it will be launching nonstop service between Minneapolis-St. Paul to Dublin, as well.
A new airline could boost travel at DIA, which is already experiencing record-high traffic.
FOX31’s Data Desk looked into new figures, and DIA is busier than ever. Overall passenger traffic in the first half of 2023 reached an all-time high of more than 36.5 million passengers, 13.6% up from the prior year and 11.8% above the first half of 2019.
Travelers are returning to their international destinations, as well. There were more international passengers through DIA in the first half of 2023 than at any time before. This is a good sign for Aer Lingus as they begin their partnership with Denver.