WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – For the second time in this calendar year Wilmington International Airport (ILM) has announced a partnership with a new airline.
Low cost carrier Sun Country will start direct flights from Wilmington to Minnesota’s Twin Cities. The nonstop flights will be offered twice a week from June 1 to Labor Day 2023.
The airline wanted to provide service to Wilmington as a way of introducing more northerners to Wilmington and its surrounding beaches.
“We’re excited to launch this new, nonstop route for Minnesotans who want more options to explore North Carolina and all it has to offer,” says Grant Whitney, chief revenue officer at Sun Country Airlines. “With great attractions – including beautiful beaches, a world-renowned Riverwalk and a vibrant historic district – Wilmington appeals to travelers of all ages with many different interests. We’re thrilled to add this incredible area to our growing Sun Country network.”
The deal also gives Wilmington residents a number of additional traveling options. Sun Country is based in Minnesota and from that location passengers could catch connecting flights to 90 other locations throughout the United States, Mexico, Central America, Canada and the Caribbean.
This becomes the fifth airline to set up shop at ILM. It joins Delta, American Airlines, United and Avelo Airlines which announced its agreement with ILM in February. Avelo Airlines and
Sun Country now give Wilmington travelers two low cost options.
Meanwhile Minneapolis -Saint Paul becomes the 9th destination where you can catch direct flights from ILM. Atlanta, Newark, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. are the other flights offered out of and into Wilmington.
In addition to the new carriers earlier this year ILM opened a new concourse that increased the size of the airport by 75%. The new addition features vaulted
ceilings, local art, expansive seating and new gates. The expansion cost an estimated $68 million.