Marking the largest route expansion in the company’s history, Sun Country Airlines announced Tuesday that it will be adding 19 seasonal nonstop routes and seven new airports to its network over the course of the year. Eight of the 19 routes take off from the airline’s home state at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
The expansion will increase Sun Country’s flight options for local travelers by 20 percent. To manage the new routes out of MSP Airport, the Eagan-based carrier says it will boost its local workforce by 10 percent — all within 2019.
“Sun Country has the second largest presence among air carriers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International,” said Metropolitan Airports Commission CEO Bryan Ryks, “and these additional routes demonstrate our hometown airline’s commitment to growing its business here in Minnesota.”
The new routes and airports expansion are part of an overall growth plan that relates back to several moves Sun Country made in 2018, such as its addition of 11 new routes in June and adding a Nashville route in August.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey attended the Tuesday announcement to commend Sun Country’s progress.
“Sun Country’s added network capacity will help connect even more Minnesota businesses with the rest of the world and bring more people into our world-class city,” said Frey. “And the 10 percent increase to their workforce will provide good-paying jobs for the Twin Cities.”
The full list of new routes and airports in Sun Country’s system is as follows:
From Minneapolis (Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport)
From Nashville (Nashville International Airport)
From Dallas-Fort Worth (Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport)
From Portland (Portland International Airport)
From Las Vegas (McCarran International Airport)
From San Francisco (San Francisco International Airport)