Sun Country Airlines announced service to two new destinations from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, both vacation favorites: New Orleans and Santa Barbara.
The nonstop flight from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to New Orleans starts Sept. 6 and runs through Dec. 16. From Sept. 6-23, the airline will operate one weekly flight in each direction. In a sequence made for long weekends, flights from MSP to New Orleans will operate on Thursdays, and New Orleans to Minneapolis flights, on Sundays. Starting Sept. 24, the Thursday and Sunday flights will become round-trips, giving travelers more flexibility.
Until Sun Country introduced these flights, Delta Air Lines was the only airline offering nonstop flights to the Big Easy.
Sun Country also introduced nonstop service to Santa Barbara from MSP with flights that will operate August 16 through December 9. Round-trip flights to the posh beachy enclave are scheduled for Thursdays and Sundays.
Flights through November are available for booking; November and December flights will be available later this month. On May 2, one-way flights to New Orleans were $89, and to Santa Barbara, $109, with 21-day advance purchase.
The announcement comes just a few weeks after the airline was roundly criticized for stranding passengers in Mexico after a blizzard shut down MSP; the canceled flights were the last of the seasonal service. The airline later agreed to refund those customers for expenses related to their return trips on other airlines.