Sun Country Airlines today announced two new nonstop seasonal destinations from Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, with the only nonstop scheduled service to Aruba and scheduled service to Tucson, Arizona, as it unveils its winter/spring 2018 schedule.
The new flights offer Sun Country customers direct access to a popular vacation destination in the Caribbean Sea, and a new option to get to Arizona's popular Sonoran Desert city. The new service offerings expand Minnesota's Hometown Airline to 41 destinations.
Seasonal flights to Aruba and Tucson will be offered December 2017 through April 2018 via Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, Terminal 2. Service to Aruba will include one flight per week, departing Saturdays from December 23 to April 7. Travel to Tucson will be available from December 21 through April 15, with flights departing Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
For Midwest travelers, direct travel to Aruba offers an easy escape to a beautiful island in the Caribbean Sea, just off the coast of South America. Travelers will get to experience one of the most temperate islands in the Caribbean in the peak of the Midwest winter season.
"With the addition of Aruba to our destinations, we look forward to giving our Midwest travelers the opportunity to travel to an internationally renowned Caribbean island in the midst of our winter season," says Zarir Erani, Sun Country Airlines President and CEO. "We are eager to begin partnering with Queen Beatrix International Airport so our travelers can experience everything the island has to offer."
"We are very pleased with Sun Country's announcement to start new nonstop service to Aruba. This new route will give visitors from Minneapolis/St. Paul and the surrounding areas a new and more convenient way to visit our beautiful island. We appreciate Sun Country's confidence in the destination and look forward to a great partnership in the years ahead," said Mr. James Fazio, Chief Executive Officer of the Aruba Airport Authority.
"Airlift is imperative to Aruba's continued tourism success - and this new weekly nonstop service out of Minneapolis/St. Paul accommodates the travel demands of U.S. travelers, who have shown an increased propensity to visit our island in recent years," said Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, CEO of Aruba Tourism Authority. "Aruba appreciates its growing partnership with Sun Country Airlines, and looks forward to introducing new visitors to our warm hospitality, authentic culture and world-famous beaches."
In the heart of the one-of-a-kind Sonoran Desert, Tucson prides itself on being unpretentious, offering Midwest travelers the opportunity to experience outdoor activities from biking and mountain climbing to golf or relaxing poolside. At night, the city has a growing art, food and entertainment scene. Tucson is Sun Country's second destination in Arizona.
"Arizona is a popular tourist destination for Midwest travelers and we are thrilled to add the culture and arts of Tucson alongside our service to Phoenix," Erani said. "We look forward to flying into Tucson International Airport as our travelers visit an ever-growing city in Arizona's beautiful desert climate."
"We are excited to welcome Sun Country Airlines to Tucson International Airport," said Bonnie Allin, President and CEO of the Tucson Airport Authority. "We especially look forward to welcoming more Minnesotans to our unique southern Arizona desert and enjoy our winter sunshine."