Sun Country Airlines yesterday (8 January) made the biggest route network in the the company’s history as a scheduled service airline after adding 19 new seasonal non-stop routes and flights to seven new airports.
The network expansion includes eight new non-stop routes for the airline’s home base of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to Sacramento, St Louis, San Antonio, Providence, Newark, Philadelphia, Washington, and Chicago.
Other are to expanded markets including from Nashville to Los Angeles and Providence, from Dallas Fort Worth to Montego Bay and St Kitts and Nevis (both in the Caribbean) and from Portland to San Antonio, St Louis and Nashville.
The leisure airline will also expand non-stop destinations from Las Vegas to Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, and Anchorage, and a fifth route from San Francisco International Airport after adding a seasonal service to Honolulu, Hawaii starting in May.
The new airports being added to Sun Country’s network are Dulles International Airport T.F. Green Airport in Providence, Newark Liberty International Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Philadelphia International Airport, Sacramento International Airport and San Antonio International Airport.
Sun Country Airlines chief executive officer, Jude Bricker said: “Today is a very exciting day in the history of Sun Country as we make this tremendous step forward in growing our airline.
“This network expansion allows us to provide even more destination options to our community, create new jobs in the Twin Cities market and further our reach across the country. We look forward to bringing our mission of offering leisure travelers safe, reliable service at a great price to more people and places.”
The new routes are part of an overall growth plan for the airline that will include aircraft growth and increase the company’s Twin Cities workforce by 10 per cent in 2019.
The additional eight routes from MSP will be a nearly 20 per cent increase in destinations the airline offers local flyers.
Sun Country Airlines has been experiencing record growth over the past year. After this expansion, the airline will operate a total of 86 routes across 53 airports, which marks a nearly 40 per cent growth in routes served since June 2018.