Sun Country declares 18 non-stop routes, including 9 new destinations

Sun Country is the latest carrier to shake up its route map during the pandemic.

The Minnesota-based leisure carrier reported 18 routes on Tuesday, part of a expansion that will add nine new cities to its network.

Those new Sun Country routes are:

  • Duluth, Minnesota (DLH)
  • Terrific Cayman, Cayman Islands (GCM)
  • Green Bay, Wisconsin (GRB)
  • Plateau Phoenix (AZA)
  • Milwaukee (MKE)
  • Punta Gorda, Florida (PGD)
  • Rochester., Minnesota (RST)
  • St. Petersburg. Florida (PIE)
  • Providenciales, Turks and Caicos (PLS)

Curiously, that pushes Sun Country into the secondary airports of a several markets it as of now serves.

The carrier’s new service of Mesa-Phoenix, for instance, goes ahead top of its current support of the area’s essential air terminal, Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX).

It’s a similar story in Florida, where Sun Country’s trips to Punta Gorda will supplement its administration from Fort Myers (RSW) – which is just around 35 miles away. What’s more, new trips to St. Petersburg will be addition to Sun County’s schedule from two other close by air terminals: Tampa (TPA) and Sarasota (SRQ).

At all three of those secondary airports, Sun Country will attempt to set up a foothold at airports dominant by rival budget carrier Allegiant.

Generally, Sun Country’s expansion focuses on airports in the upper Midwest, remembering its principle base for Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP). MSP landed seven nonstop routes, a number that incorporates one seasonal route (Bozeman, Montana) that had been booked to end however now will be broadened later into the season. Milwaukee, one of Sun Country’s new cities, likewise fared well with five nonstop routes.

Sun Country’s course update comes as a slow-but-steady uptick in air travel that has been driven by leisure flyers.

“With more and more people excited to resume traveling, we’re thrilled to be able to offer them the opportunity to visit these incredible vacation destinations this winter,” Grant Whitney, Sun Country’s chief revenue officer, said in a statement.

A full list of Sun County’s new routes are below. All are occasional with the exception of the Milwaukee-MSP and Milwaukee-Las Vegas routes.

New routes from Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP)

  • Bozeman, Montana (BZN): Begins Dec. 16, when previous seasonal service was set to end (two weekly flights)
  • Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (GCM): Begins Dec. 18 (Saturday-only service)
  • Mesa-Phoenix (AZA): Begins Nov. 24 (four weekly flights)
  • Milwaukee (MKE): Begins Aug. 26 (two weekly flights)
  • St. Petersburg, Florida (PIE): Begins Nov. 25 (four weekly flights)
  • Providenciales, Turks and Caicos (PLS): Begins Dec. 18 (Saturday-only service)
  • Punta Gorda, Florida (PGD): Begins Dec. 10 (two weekly flights)

New routes from Milwaukee (MKE)

  • Cancun, Mexico: (CUN): Begins Dec; 18 (Saturday-only service)
  • Fort Myers, Florida (RSW): Begins Dec. 15 (two weekly flights)
  • Las Vegas (LAS): Begins Aug. 26 (two weekly flights)
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP): Begins Aug. 26 (two weekly flights)
  • Phoenix (PHX): Begins Dec. 16 (two weekly flights)

New routes from Duluth, Minnesota (DLH)

  • Fort Myers, Florida (RSW): Begins Dec. 17 (two weekly flights)
  • Phoenix (PHX): Begins Dec. 17 (two weekly flights)

New routes from Green Bay, Wisconsin (GRB)

  • Fort Myers, Florida (RSW): Begins Dec. 16 (two weekly flights)
  • Phoenix (PHX): Begins Dec. 17 (two weekly flights)

New routes from Rochester, Minnesota (RST)

  • Fort Myers, Florida (RSW): Begins Feb. 3 (two weekly flights)
  • Phoenix (PHX): Begins Feb. 4 (two weekly flights)

New route from Madison, Wisconsin (MSN)

  • Phoenix (PHX): Begins Dec. 16 (two weekly flights)