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Sun Country Reduces Spring Flight Schedule Due to Decreased Travel Demand

A Son Country Boeing 737-800 in Las Vegas (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Sun Country Airlines is reducing its flight schedule during the spring season due to decreased travel demand caused by the spread of COVID-19.  The airline is one of the first U.S. ultra-low-cost carriers to drop several routes in response to the new global virus.

Beginning in April, Sun Country will reduce the number of flights from its Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) hub and 14 destinations, including several on the West Coast where the heaviest concentration of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. have been reported. In April, Sun Country will operate fewer flights between Minneapolis and Los Angeles, Seattle/Tacoma, San Francisco, San Diego, Phoenix, Chicago-O’Hare, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta. In May, the airline will reduce its schedule from Minneapolis to Anchorage, Boston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Las Vegas, Newark and Fort Myers.

In May, the airline will also end its seasonal route earlier between Minneapolis and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The airline will also drop three routes from Portland, Oregon to Honolulu, Las Vegas and San Francisco.

“Travel demand is being impacted by the uncertainty around COVID-19, and we’re seeing softness in bookings for April and May. In response, we’ve made targeted capacity adjustments,” a Sun Country spokeswoman said in an e-mail.

“Most of the reductions are in markets where we offer many flights, allowing seamless re-accommodation opportunities for customers.”

The airline hopes to restore full service in June. “Our hope is this will be the extent of our schedule changes, but this is a unique situation, so we will continue to closely monitor demand for necessary adjustments.”

Albert Kuan

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  • Albert Kuan

    Most people hate long flights or overnight layovers, but Albert loves them. The airport and flying parts of traveling are the biggest highlights of any trip for him – as this avgeek always gets a thrill from sampling different airline cabin products and checking out regional developments happening at local U.S. airports. He’s flown on almost every major carrier in the U.S. and Asia Pacific, and he hopes to try out the new A350s soon. Albert recently completed his undergraduate studies in Business Accounting at USC in Los Angeles and he is currently recruiting for a corporate analyst position at one of the U.S. legacy carriers. During his college years, he interned at LAX for Los Angeles World Airports working behind-the-scenes (and on the ramp) in public relations and accounting. Outside of writing for AirlineGeeks, he enjoys trekking the Hollywood hills, visiting new hotspots throughout SoCal, and doing the occasional weekender on Spirit Airlines.

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