Minneapolis ready for influx of UK shoppers

Minneapolis ready for influx of UK shoppers

One of the USA’s biggest and most popular shopping malls is within easier reach this summer after Aer Lingus and Delta added two new direct flights out of Dublin.

The flights to Minneapolis-Saint Paul Airport (MSP), beginning April and May 2024, will open up convenient travel options for international visitors looking to experience the extensive shopping, dining and entertainment offerings at Mall of America, the largest retail and entertainment complex in North America.

Mall of America – a shopping mecca and entertainment hub in one – welcomes 32 million visitors annually, has over 500 shops, restaurants, food halls and even authentic farm stays. It also incorporates the largest indoor theme park in the USA, Nickelodeon Universe. 

And another draw for UK shoppers: there is tax-free shopping on clothing and shoes.

Aer Lingus restarted flights to Minneapolis St. Paul on April 29 – the non-stop service was first launched in July 2019, but was paused less than a year later due to the COVID-19 pandemic – and will initially operate four-times weekly and increasing to a daily year-round service from October.

The airline is also this summer flying to Denver, Cleveland, New York, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, Seattle and Philadelphia.

Aer Lingus says the flights have been timed to allow seamless connections to and from its 15 destinations in the UK, including London Heathrow, Manchester and Edinburgh.

Delta began its five-times-a-week service from Dublin on May 9. The airline also flies to Atlanta, Boston and New York-JFK from Ireland.

The benefit for UK travellers crossing the Atlantic via Ireland is that they can take advantage of U.S. pre-clearance facilities at Dublin and Shannon airports. 

This means that they clear not only U.S. immigration, but also full U.S. customs and agriculture controls. In effect, you arrive in the U.S. as a local – you simply collect your baggage at your U.S. arrival airport and depart the airport. 

Those arriving at MSP Airport can access Mall of America through the light rail system that connects the airport to Mall of America as well as to downtown Minneapolis, St. Paul, and several other locations. Buses, taxis, app-based ride services and shuttles are also available for ground transportation.

As well as the 28 adrenalin-fuelled rides at Nickelodeon Universe, visitors can experience Flyover America, a fully immersive simulation ride across America, Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium, Moose Mountain Adventure Golf, a Lego store with a 34-foot-tall Lego robot and Crayola Experience with 25 hands-on attractions.

The Mall also plays host to over 400 annual events and has numerous restaurants and eateries, ranging from take- away to fine dining.

“We are delighted to welcome the new flights from Dublin to MSP Airport, as they provide travellers with even more convenient access to Mall of America,” said Kim Kervina, Global Tourism Sales Manager at Mall of America. 

“These flights not only strengthen the bond between Ireland and Minnesota but also reinforce Mall of America’s position as a top destination for international visitors.”

mallofamerica.com; aerlingus.com; delta.com; minneapolis.org 

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