Lambert Airport Expected to Take-Off for Sunnier Country

A source at Lambert Airport confirms the new airline will fly new routes to tourist and business destinations with mostly sunny weather.

Michael Calhoun
June 26, 2018 - 4:07 am

via Sun Country Airlines

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -- You'll soon have another option flying out of St. Louis-Lambert International Airport.

Today, a low-cost airline based in Minneapolis plans to announce service into our area.

First, the tease:

KMOX News confirms the new entrant is Sun Country Airlines, according to an aviation industry source.

Also, a Sun Country jet was spotted at Lambert Airport yesterday and @flystl Twitter account just followed @SunCountryAir.

A source at Lambert Airport confirms the new airline will fly new routes to tourist and business destinations with mostly sunny weather.

"Sun Country? It could be.. probably Florida," aviation consulant Michael Boyd told us when we asked where the new-to-us airline might fly to.

"This'll be incremental and positive to the marketplace, but it's not going to be something that fills any huge gap because there isn't one."

Portland, OR is a destination served by Sun Country which was just dropped by Alaska Airlines here. That flight reportedly had good sales. Southwest continues to fly the route non-stop as well.

Sun Country's roots are in flying snowbirds away from the harsh Minnesota weather. But Boyd says don't expect to have to connect through MSP.

"They have no hub. They're after people getting on and getting off the airplane, and they're very good at it by the way."

We expect to learn more details at the airport's 10 a.m. news conference, like the destinations and which concourse the airline will use.

Sun Country does have experience here. They flew a route between St. Louis and Gulfport, Mississippi in 2009.