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New airline and new destination coming to SRQ airport. Service will start in December

Sun Country Airlines on Thursday announced nonstop seasonal service from Minneapolis-St. Paul to Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, with fares as low as $79 one-way.

The new nonstop seasonal service will operate twice a week — on Fridays and Mondays — beginning Dec. 20.

“At Sun Country Airlines, we pride ourselves on affordably connecting our guests to their favorite people, places and memories,” Sun Country Airlines chief revenue officer Grant Whitney said in a news release.

“We are very excited to welcome Sun Country Airlines to the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport,” SRQ president and chief executive officer Rick Piccolo said. “The Minneapolis-St. Paul area is a high-demand destination that visitors and locals have been requesting for some time.”

Nonstop flights from SRQ to Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) were last offered more than a decade ago, when Northwest Airlines flew the route three times a day, Piccolo said.

Sun Country first added new routes beyond its home base of Minneapolis-St. Paul in June 2018 and has experienced rapid growth since then. Now operating 86 routes across 53 airports, Sun Country has grown its network by nearly 65 percent over the past year.

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Sun Country Airlines announced on Thursday that it will begin offering seasonal nonstop service between Sarasota Bradenton International Airport and Minneapolis-St. Paul in December. provided photo

With the addition of Minneapolis-St. Paul, SRQ now offers service to 38 destinations.

SRQ set a record for passenger traffic in July with 147,068 passengers traveling through the airport. Traffic for July 2019 was up 42 percent over July 2018. Year-to-date passenger numbers are up 40 percent with 1,135,173 passengers using the airport this year.

Over the past 18 months, SRQ has added three new airlines: Allegiant Air, Frontier Airlines and Sun Country, and 27 new destinations. With the addition of Sun Country Airlines, the roster of airlines serving SRQ grows to nine, joining Air Canada, Allegiant, American, Delta, Elite, Frontier, Jet Blue and United.

Flights are on sale now at suncountry.com.

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