Sun Country Airlines is continuing its expansion beyond Minneapolis with service from Portland, Oregon to five new cities, including Honolulu.
If Portland sounds far from Minneapolis, it is…1,426 miles to be exact. But the “new” Sun Country is looking beyond the Twin Cities to create a sustainable budget airline. Attacking Alaska Airlines in its own backyard, though…is that smart?
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Sun Country will launch service from Portland (PDX) to the following cities:
- Honolulu – HNL (4x weekly)
- Las Vegas – LAS (4x weekly)
- Phoenix – PHX (4x weekly)
- Palm Springs – PSP (2x weekly)
- Reno – RNO (2x weekly)
Service will begin late this autumn. Here are the new schedules:
Honolulu: Starts November 14, 2018 (Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday)
PDX-HNL: SY791 10:00 AM – 1:50 PM
HNL-PDX: SY792 3:20 PM – 10:50 PM
Palm Springs: Starts November 1, 2018 (Thursday, Sunday)
PDX-PSP: SY691 2:35 PM – 4:50 PM
PSP-PDX: SY692 5:45 PM – 8:10 PM
Las Vegas: Starts November 1, 2018 (Thursday, Friday, Sunday, Monday)
PDX-LAS: SY683 8:25 AM – 10:30 AM
LAS-PDX: SY684 11:25 AM – 1:40 PM
Phoenix: Starts November 14, 2018 (Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Monday)
PDX-PHX: SY685 7:00 AM – 10:30 AM
PHX-PDX: SY686 11:25 AM – 1:05 PM
Reno/Tahoe: Starts November 16, 2018 (Friday, Monday)
PDX-RNO: SY687 2:05 PM – 3:25 PM
RNO-PDX: SY688 4:20 PM – 5:45 PM
Sun Country already began service between Los Angeles and Honolulu and yesterday announced service to Florida from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), St. Louis (STL), and Madison, Wis (MSN). These will be seasonal twice-weekly flights to Ft. Myers (RSW) and Tampa (TPA).
To meet staffing needs for these new routes, Sun Country is hiring 125 flight attendants, about 100 pilots. It is also leasing five additional aircraft.
Sun Country’s expansion in Portland (it currently only flies between Portland and Minneapolis) is bold. If Alaska view Sun County as an annoyance rather than a threat, I predict Sun Country will do well in PDX. But if Alaska decides to further ramp up service and initiate a fare war, only consumers will win…