Minneapolis/St. Paul-based Sun Country Airlines has released details about its spring-to-fall 2022 flight schedule from MSP, with some returning destinations as well as some unexpected new spots being added.
Since raising $218 million in its IPO last spring, owner Apollo Management Group in New York has begun an expansion of the low-fare carrier which calls Terminal 2 (Humphrey) home at the Twin Cities airport. Staying away from the big boys, especially the dominant hub carrier at MSP, Delta Air Lines, Sun Country typically offers one flight daily, if that, to many of its destinations.
Beginning next spring, Sun Country will introduce new Boeing 737 service to Buffalo/Niagara Falls International Airport (BUF); Jacksonville, Florida (JAX); and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (PIT). Historically, Delta has offered the only non-stops to Buffalo and Jacksonville, though that service has become via a Detroit connection since COVID-19 arrived. It remains to be seen if non-stops will return for competitive reasons next year. Delta currently offers four daily non-stops to Pittsburgh.
Other new service includes non-stop flights to Burlington, Vermont (BVT); Charleston, South Carolina (CHS); Spokane, Washington (GEG); and Vancouver, British Columbia (YVR). Again, Delta is the primary competitor, offering twice daily Spokane non-stops from MSP, with one-stop service to the other cities. It wouldn’t be surprising to see non-stop service re-introduced to Vancouver as it has been a consistent performer in the past.
With these schedule enhancements, Sun Country will offer flights to more than 80 airports in the U.S., Mexico, Central America, Canada and the Caribbean. While not all operate from MSP, the Minnesota airport is still, by far, Sun Country’s largest producer of primarily vacation travelers.