Sun Country Airlines to connect Sonoma County and Minneapolis

A Sun Country Airlines jet arrives at Portland International Airport in June 2016 on the carrier's first flight to the Oregon destination. On March 8, 2017, the airline announced seasonal service between Minneapolis and Santa Rosa. (PORT OF PORTLAND)


Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport will be getting its fifth airline, with flights to the upper Midwest beginning in August.

Sun Country Airlines on Wednesday announced new nonstop seasonal service between its home base in Minneapolis–St. Paul (MSP) and Santa Rosa (STS).

The flights will be offered Aug. 24–Dec. 3. There will be one round-trip flight per week for 15 weeks, departing Thursdays and returning Sundays.

“We are very excited about this partnership with Sun Country and the opportunity it presents for connecting passengers with a great airline and providing one of our largest visitor markets with nonstop service,” said Jon Stout, Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport manager, about Minnesota. “With a long list of offerings, it will be a great weekend getaway to experience the best of Wine Country.”

The news comes on the heels of United Airlines’ beginning nonstop daily service from Santa Rosa to San Francisco in June. Sun Country will join United, Alaska, Allegiant and American Airlines servicing the airport.

“The addition of Sonoma County to the family of Sun Country destinations gives our travelers a direct gateway to some of the wonders of California, from wine country to the beautiful redwoods,” says Zarir Erani, Sun Country Airlines president and CEO. “We are excited to partner with Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport so our travelers can experience all of what Sonoma County has to offer.”

The flights will provide Midwest travelers with a weekend getaway option, with flights offered during the region’s fall winegrape harvest season, complete with wine, beer, film and art festivals, the newcomer airline said.

Sun Country Airlines was started in 1982 by a small group of Minneapolis–St. Paul pilots and flight attendants, and its first flight was between Sioux Falls and Las Vegas a year later. The MLT vacations venture also became part of the mix.

With flights to Austin, Texas, also announced March 8, the airline now serves 40 cities.

Since 2011, the company has been owned by the Minnesota-based Davis family. They also own Cambria, a maker of premium countertops.