Sun Country Airlines announced the addition of two new seasonal routes to Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers, Florida.
“We’re excited to add these routes to our network and bring more passengers to experience this great leisure destination, a premier area for casino gaming that also boasts miles of beaches and beautiful golf courses,” said Chief Commercial Officer Ted Botimer. “Our focus on low fares and customer service has been a great fit for tourists visiting this market and we look forward to our continued partnership with the Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport Authority.”
“We appreciate the expanded partnership with Sun Country Airlines and look forward to having service to these rapidly growing markets,” said Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport Executive Director Clay Williams. “Both Austin and Fort Myers are unique and exciting destinations for local residents to enjoy, and we are extremely grateful for the convenient air travel option for visitors to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.””
“When visitors experience Mississippi’s hospitality, they want to return again and again, which is why tourism is an important economic sector for our state,” Lieutenant Gov. Tate Reeves said. “I appreciate the work of Sun Country, airport and community leaders to expand options for both Mississippians and travelers who want to see our beautiful Gulf Coast.”
“Sun Country Airlines’ expansion into Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport is great news for the Mississippi Gulf Coast and our state as a whole,” said Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Glenn McCullough. “It serves as a testament to the world-class food, culture and hospitality for which Mississippi is known around the world. Thanks to the airport and their partners for their hard work and leadership to make today’s announcement a reality.”
Sun Country has experienced record growth over the past year and recently announced the largest network expansion in company history.
The airline first added new routes beyond its home base of Minneapolis/St. Paul in June 2018, bringing on service from Dallas/Fort Worth, Madison, Wisconsin, Portland, Oregon and St. Louis, which brought the network at the time from 53 to 64 nonstop routes. Nashville, Tennessee was added in August 2018, and the airline now operates a total of 87 routes across 52 airports, which marks a nearly 40 percent growth in routes since June 2018.