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Sun Country launches first nonstop flights between MSP and Belize

MSP becomes the 10th city in the U.S. to fly direct to the destination.

Minnesota will be getting its own seasonal nonstop service to Belize starting this December.

Sun Country has announced that it will start flights between Minneapolis-St. Paul International and the vacation destination in Central America on Dec. 22.

It will fly to Belize City once a week on Saturdays until Apr. 20, with MSP becoming the 10th U.S. airport to offer nonstop flights to Belize.

Karen Bevans, the director of tourism for Belize, said the flight represents her country's "farthest reach into the Upper Midwest."

She calls Minnesota an area "that can really benefit from easy access to a tropical Belizean vacation when winter comes."

Belize is becoming an increasingly popular destination for tourists, with the country in the western Caribbean seeing a 17.1 percent rise in tourist arrivals in the first half of 2018, the Carib Journal reports.

Ben Brookman, Sun Country's VP of Network and Pricing, says the country was formerly a "best-kept secret among travelers."

"Now that the secret’s out, we’re excited to help curious travelers experience it for themselves," he added.

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Lonely Planet notes that Belize offers a myriad experiences despite its small size, saying it has "one foot in the Central American jungles and the other in the Caribbean Sea."

It is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world, a vast jungle network of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, and is filled with archaeological sites dating back to the Mayan era.

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