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Continued: Sun Country to launch MSP-to-Chicago service

  • Article by: DAVID PHELPS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 23, 2013 - 7:46 AM

Sun Country is hoping its new frequent flier program, which allows passengers to pool award points among small groups of people, will attract new customers. Sun Country’s frequent flier program also allows for first-class upgrades if seats are available.

Davis and Fredericksen said Chicago Midway is a better destination for Sun Country than the larger O’Hare because of Midway’s proximity to downtown and an easy commuter train connection.

“The logistics are really good for our passengers,” Davis said.

In addition, there is less congestion at Midway and fewer delays, Fredericksen added.

The pending Chicago service comes as Sun Country solidifies its position in the airline industry. Fredericksen said net income last year was up over 2011 levels. He described the airline’s first quarter of 2013 as strong.

“We’re very pleased with our Mexico business and our charter business has done very well,” Fredericksen said, noting that 15 teams in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament flew to their destinations on Sun Country.

David Phelps • 612-673-7269

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