[KIN, SKB] Sun Country adds new Caribbean routes from DFW

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[KIN, SKB] Sun Country adds new Caribbean routes from DFW

Unread post by bimjim » Wed Jan 09, 2019

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[KIN, SKB] Airline adds new Caribbean routes from DFW starting below $250
Alex Van Abbema – Staff writer, Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal

Sun Country Airlines announced its largest route expansion in company history Tuesday, which includes new routes from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport to tropical destinations.

The Minnesota-based airline will add a route from DFW to Sangster International Airport in Jamaica starting May 24 operating twice weekly. Additionally, new service from DFW to Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport in Saint Kitts and Nevis will start May 25 and operate once a week.

The two new routes from DFW to the Caribbean each start below $250, the airline said.

"We’re excited to expand our service from Dallas Fort Worth and to offer more international destinations to residents," said Chief Commercial Officer Ted Botimer in a prepared statement.

The additions out of DFW are part of a broader expansion for the airline which includes 19 seasonal non-stop routes and seven airports. With the additions, the airline will have increased its routes served by nearly 40 percent since June 2018 to reach a total of 86 routes across 53 airports.

"Today is a very exciting day in the history of Sun Country as we make this tremendous step forward in growing our airline," Sun Country CEO Jude Bricker said in a prepared statement. "This network expansion allows us to provide even more destination options to our community, create new jobs in the Twin Cities market and further our reach across the country."

A spokesperson for Sun Country said the airline will not drop any existing routes as it adds the new destinations. The new routes will be made possible by a planned 10-percent increase of workers this year and increased usage of its current fleet of about 30 planes.

In a recent interview with our sister paper in Minnesota, Bricker mentioned that Sun Country will add 200 employees in 2019, about 100 of them flight attendants. He also said Sun Country's fleet has grown by about 20 percent over the last two years and that the airline plans to add around three to six planes to its fleet each year.

Sun Country has revamped its growth strategy since Bricker joined the company in June 2017 and Apollo Global Management (NYSE: APO) purchased the company in late 2017.

In recent months, Sun Country unveiled its first plane ever purchased — a Boeing 737-800, and laid out a $6 million investment to revamp its website and eventually add self-service kiosks. It also submitted plans to move its headquarters to an airport hangar at MSP airport later this year.

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