MIAMI – Sun Country Airlines (SY) has announced 18 new nonstop routes from the upper Midwest, including service to both commercial airports in the Phoenix metro area.

Already strong from its base at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP), the carrier, fresh from an initial public offering in March, is adding point-to-point leisure destinations this fall from five locales in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

This strategy is similar to what other U.S. carriers are planning – adding service to domestic or close-by international destinations as traffic begins to recover from its pandemic malaise, especially for winter-weary Midwesterners.

SUN COUNTRY AIRLINES N824SY BOEING 737-800. Photo: Luke Ayers/Airways

New Sun Country Routes

The expansion includes six nonstop routes from MSP, two nonstop routes from Duluth International Airport (DLH), two from Rochester International Airport (RST) in Minnesota. From Wisconsin, two nonstop routes are planned from Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport (GRB), one from Dane County Regional Airport in Madison (MSN) and five from Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport (MKE).

Sun Country’s scheduled network will grow by nine cities – Duluth; Rochester; Milwaukee; Green Bay; Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM) in Grand Cayman; Punta Gorda, Florida (PGD); St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE), also in Florida; Providenciales International Airport (PLS) in Turks and Caicos; and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA) — complementing existing service to Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX).

Of the 18 newly announced routes, 10 will offer the only nonstop service to travelers.

“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,” said Sun Country’s chief revenue officer, Grant Whitney.

The new services begin this fall, with weekly or several-times-weekly flights. Sun Country bills itself as a “new breed of hybrid low-cost air carrier that dynamically deploys shared resources across our synergistic scheduled service, charter and cargo businesses.”

Featured image: Sun Country Airlines N833SY Boeing 737-800. Photo: Misael Ocasio Hernandez/Airways