Airlines Cut Minnesota Routes

Needless to say, the airline industry worldwide has been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Thousands of aircraft have been parked for months now, and it’ll be a long road back to some semblance of normalcy for the entire hospitality business, hotels and car rental companies included.

While passenger traffic bottomed out at next-to-nothing in April, a recovery of sorts, albeit what is expected to be a very slow and drawn out one, has hopefully begun. To assist U.S. airlines with their financial woes, the Department of Transportation (DOT) is allowing each airline to make permanent changes to their route systems. Specifically, each carrier can completely pull out of up to five markets, or 5% of their total markets served, whichever is greater.

Specific changes announced thus far include:

  • United Airlines – eliminating service between Rochester (RST) International Airport and Chicago O’Hare (ORD)
  • Sun Country Airlines – eliminating service between the Twin Cities and Madison (MSN), Philadelphia (PHL), Portland, OR (PDX), Sacramento (SMF) and St. Louis (STL)
  • Delta Air LInes – eliminating service between Minneapolis/St. Paul and Williston, ND (XWA), Lincoln, NE (LNK), Ft. Smith, AR (FSM) and Aspen/Pitkin County, CO (ASE)

More changes are certain as the industry gets back on its feet, so be sure to check with your specific airline for current flight information. Do not be surprised to encounter some connecting services where you may be accustomed to previously non-stop flights.

Published by iFlyMSP

After a 35-year travel industry career, the time has come to kick back and relax. Well, not exactly, but it is time to travel without a business schedule dictating where and when. Over the years I've traveled extensively by air for work, both domestically and internationally. I've been to some incredibly exciting and beautiful destinations, and some others, not so much. So now it's my turn (and hopefully yours), to explore the world at a more leisurely pace. Whether you want to discover the U.S. or another continent, the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport is a great starting point. And that's what this blog is all about. I'm not here to assist the rich and famous in figuring out how to best earn and utilize their millions of airline miles and hotel points. Instead, my focus will be on the average Joe and Josephine. Hard-working people (like you!) who have saved up over time for their once or twice a year escape from reality. So if you're contemplating a getaway from MSP or the Upper Midwest via the Twin Cities, you've come to the right place. Happy trails!

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