Why is Sun Country Flying to London?

By | March 17, 2010
Sun Country 737
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Sun Country Airlines is going to add service between Minneapolis/St. Paul and London’s Stansted Airport beginning June 11th and going through August 15th. The service will depart on Fridays with a midday return on Sundays and will be operated with a 737-800. The service will make a refueling stop in Gander, Newfoundland.

Delta currently operates nonstop service between Minneapolis and London Heathrow nonstop on a 767. We can’t see why people would want to fly this route on a 737 with a refueling stop, even for the introductory rate of $399 one way, except the price is a good amount lower than Delta’s pricing, but still.

Even with that aside, we are surprised that Stan Gadek, Sun Country‘s CEO mentioned, in addition to passengers bound for London, that Stansted is one of the best connection points with flights on Ryanair and Easyjet. Unless they are working one with of those carriers, which seems unlikely, promoting it will likely lead to unrealistic expectations.

That is ultimately the problem. If this service was done in collaboration with one of these carriers, it could be the start of a whole new chapter. But we’re afraid this will be merely a footnote. We hope though, that Sun Country will prove us wrong.