New owners, new routes for Sun Country

So What??

Fresh off the announcement of a new ownership team Sun Country is adding new sun & sand routes for 2018, including Honolulu (via LAX) and Myrtle Beach. Both are seasonal service, with Myrtle Beach covered in the Spring and Honolulu in the Summer. Honolulu is an already crowded market and the summer season is generally considered off-peak, but it seems the Minneapolis-based carrier is willing to give it a go. Neither service is daily, further limiting exposure and convenience.

The Honolulu market is already crowded and more flights are coming. Just today United Airlines also started its significant increase in year-round service to the islands. And Southwest is still planning that expansion, though exactly when it comes to pass remains unclear.

MINNEAPOLISDec. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Sun Country Airlines (Sun Country®) today announces seasonal service to new destinations Honolulu, Hawaii (HNL), and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (MYR). The new flight segments offer Sun Country customers access to these popular beach destinations, expanding Minnesota’s Hometown Airline™ network to 43 domestic and international destinations.

Honolulu, Hawaii
Seasonal flights to Honolulu will be offered May 19 through August 19, 2018, via Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, Terminal 2, and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Passengers departing from Minneapolis will have a short stop in Los Angeles before continuing to Honolulu. The new service will fly four times a week, Friday through Monday.

Honolulu provides Midwest- and Los Angeles-based travelers a getaway to a tropical paradise, complete with stunning beaches such as Waikiki, historic landmarks and fine dining.

“The addition of Honolulu to the family of Sun Country destinations gives our travelers the opportunity to experience the unique culture and history of Hawaii,” says Jude Bricker, Sun Country Airlines’ president and CEO. “We are thrilled to partner with Daniel K. Inouye International Airport so our travelers can experience all of what the island of Oahu has to offer.”

“We look forward to welcoming Sun Country Airlines and its customers with aloha to Hawaii starting this spring. Sun Country’s customers will appreciate the convenience of this new service and the opportunity to experience the diversity of culture and natural beauty that awaits them throughout the Hawaiian Islands,” says George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Seasonal flights to Myrtle Beach will be offered April 6 through June 4, 2018, via Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, Terminal 2. The new service will fly twice a week, Monday and Friday.

Myrtle Beach’s 60 miles of gorgeous beaches, 100 golf courses and booming entertainment scene offer an opportunity for Midwest travelers to fly to a new coastal city on the Atlantic Ocean. The city’s subtropical climate makes it an ideal getaway for those looking for a warm mainland escape.

“We look forward to giving our customers an opportunity to visit Myrtle Beach and experience its endless beaches and countless attractions,” says Bricker.

“Horry County Department of Airports is pleased with Sun Country Airlines’ decision to launch operations at the Myrtle Beach International Airport,” said Scott Van Moppes, director of airports. “Demand for nonstop air service between MSP and MYR has been increasing for years, therefore, we expect this to be a very successful market. The introduction of air service, enabling people to fly nonstop from MinneapolisSaint Paul, MN, to Myrtle Beach, SC, and the entire Grand Strand is fantastic news for the traveling public. Today’s announcement by Sun Country is exciting for the community and we look forward to a long successful relationship with MYR’s newest airline partner.”

Flight and hotel vacation packages for both destinations will be available through Sun Country Vacations®.

For more on these Sun Country destinations and to book travel, visit

Schedules subject to change.

Header Image: Sun Country 737 by <a target=”_blank” href=”″>Bill Larkins via Flickr/CC BY-SA</a>

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.