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Aer Lingus announces new direct flights from Dublin Airport to Las Vegas

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The airline will fly direct from Dublin Airport to Las Vegas from October 25, it has announced.

The route has long been rumoured and speculated upon, but today is finally set for take-off. The new flights will run three times a week, on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, until April 29 of next year.

Flights are priced from €499 return including taxes and charges, and are on sale today.

“It is a long-held ambition of ours to fly to Las Vegas,” said Aer Lingus’ Chief Officer, Lynne Embleton. “The launch of this new Aer Lingus route is a significant moment for us and our customers.”

EI50 will depart at 15.20, arriving into Harry Reid International Airport at 17.50 local time. The return flight, E151, will depart at 19.35 and arrive back into Dublin at 13.10 the following day.

Flights will be operated on a wide-body Airbus A330-300.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Aer Lingus to Las Vegas for the very first time,” said Steve Hill, president and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

Elvis Presley impersonator Ciarán Houlihan with Aer Lingus cabin crew members Wendy Seong and Dave Kennedy. Photo: Naoise Culhane

“In 2023, our city welcomed more than 52,000 visitors from Ireland, and this direct, nonstop service from Dublin will undoubtedly be motivation for Irish travellers and visitors throughout Europe to discover everything Las Vegas has to offer.”

Vegas is a popular city break but, for Irish visitors, involves connecting flights via London, New York, Atlanta or other hubs. A direct route will reduce the flight time to approximately 10 hours.

As well as its famous resorts, casinos, iconic Strip and Grand Canyon tours, the city has ramped up its sports and entertainment offerings in recent years with blockbuster tickets like the Formula One Las Vegas Grand Prix and Super Bowl LVIII.

Irish fans have travelled to see Conor McGregor’s UFC fights, and more recently, U2’s series of shows at The Sphere.

Aer Lingus has also timed its winter route to include both the October mid-term and the Easter holidays of 2025, and Irish tour operators like American Holidays, Tour America, American Sky and Sunway are also likely to package the direct flights with hotel deals.

The route is the latest in a bumper period of transatlantic expansion for Aer Lingus, which has just begun flying to Denver, Colorado, and the twin cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul in Minnesota.

Last year, it added a service to Cleveland, Ohio and the return of its Hartford, Connecticut service. Together with older routes like New York, Chicago, Boston, LA and Miami, this brings its transatlantic routes to 19 from Dublin and Shannon, and a further three from Manchester to North America and the Caribbean.

The airline’s ‘Dub Hub’ strategy aims to grow Dublin as a hub airport for travel between Europe and North America.

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