Sun Country Airlines has been approved to fly nonstop from the Twin Cities to two cities in Cuba, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced today, reports The Star Tribune.
The agency said Sun Country will be able to fly from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to Santa Clara, the capital of Villa Clara province in central Cuba, and Matanzas, another provincial capital on the country’s north coast not far from Havana.
The DOT will decide on routes between U.S. cities and Havana, Cuba’s capital and largest city, later this summer. Delta Air Lines, the largest operator at MSP, only applied for Havana routes.
In addition to Sun Country, the government on Friday awarded Cuba routes to American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Silver Airways, and Southwest Airlines.
When the Mendota Heights-based Sun Country applied for the flights in March, it planned to begin the service by next winter or early spring 2017 if approved. Zarir Erani, Sun Country’s chief executive, said the company is pleased to get the routes. “We are evaluating our aircraft availability to determine a schedule plan for beginning the new services,” he said in a statement.
[h/t Star Tribune]