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Sun Country Airlines Expands to Canada
On December 9, 2019, Sun Country Airlines, the Minneapolis based low-cost carrier, announced that it will begin seasonal service to Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada starting next summer. The new route marks the carrier’s first Canadian route in its history.
The announcement of the Minneapolis-Vancouver service comes after the announcement of 12 non-stop seasonal routes to the airline’s network earlier this year. Including the new Minneapolis-Vancouver route, Sun Country’s route count increases to 92, which includes 56 airports. Indeed, 2019 has been a major growth year for Sun Country. According to the airline, it has grown its network by 72 percent and expanded into 47 new markets this year.
Sun Country’s Chief Revenue Officer, Grant Whitney, showed enthusiasm for the airline’s expansion into Canada in a press release: “Our expansion into Canada is the latest signal of the incredible growth we’re experiencing at Sun Country Airlines,” he said. “We are thrilled to be adding Vancouver to our ever-evolving list of routes and believe there is significant demand for low-cost service to this great destination.”
In addition to enthusiasm from Sun Country, Vancouver Airport Authority’s Vice President for Airline Business Development and Public Affairs, Anne Murray was also positive about the airline’s new route: “We’re thrilled to welcome another new airline partner with Sun Country Airlines launching scheduled service at YVR,” she said. “With the addition of this new service, travelers will have even more options for travel to the United States in time for the summer season.”
Sun Country maintains a fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft from the Next Generation family, including the 737-800 and 737-700. At approximately 1,300 nautical miles, the Minneapolis-Vancouver route will be well suited for the 737.
Sun Country’s new service between Minneapolis and Vancouver begins on May 20, 2020 and will be operated twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays. According to Sun Country, one-way fares start as low as $99.
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