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Sun Country Gears up for First Flights to Canada

In May, the carrier will begin offering twice-weekly nonstop flights from Minneapolis to Vancouver.

Sun Country Gears up for First Flights to Canada
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Sun Country Airlines will soon begin flying to Vancouver.

In May, the Twin Cities carrier will start offering twice-weekly nonstop flights from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to Vancouver International Airport. This will be the carrier’s first route to Canada, the company announced on social media late Monday.

A Minneapolis-Vancouver flight would cost around $230, based on a casual glance at Sun Country’s online trip planner. The first flight will take off May 20, according to the company’s website. Flights will operate Wednesdays and Sundays in the summertime.

"The route addition aligns with our strategy in MSP of reallocating our aircraft from warm weather destinations in the winter to coastal destinations in the summer," spokeswoman Kirsten Wenker said in an email. "We base this on travel patterns of Minnesotans."

Sun Country is still waiting on official approval from the Canadian government. ("This is a routine process for airlines," Wenker said.)

Though this will be Sun Country’s first flight to Canada, it’s not the company’s first international trip. For one, the airline has offered flights to Mexico for years. Sun Country also offers flights to spots in the Caribbean and Central America.

In a news release, Sun Country chief revenue officer said the expansion into Canada is the “latest signal of the incredible growth we’re experiencing.” The company is confident there’s “demand for low-cost service to this great destination,” he added.

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