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Sun Country reducing flights, cutting routes in wake of coronavirus

Some routes will be cut over the spring period.

Sun Country is reducing flights and cutting some routes amid the ongoing outbreak of the coronavirus.

The Eagan-based airline will reduce the frequency of its flights between MSP Airport and 14 U.S. destinations, predominantly those where the Covid-19 is most widespread.

It's also cutting three of its routes out of Portland, Oregon – where a number of cases have been reported.

Flights will be reduced between MSP and Chicago O'Hare, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Puerto Vallarta, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle starting in April.

In May, routes between MSP and Anchorage, Boston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Fort Myers, Las Vegas, and Newark will reduce.

The move was being taken due to "softness in bookings for April and May," resulting in "targeted capacity adjustments."

Customers whose bookings have been impacted by the change in schedule have been informed directly.

"Our hope is this will be the extent of our schedule changes, but this is a unique situation, so we will continue to closely monitor demand for necessary adjustments," a Sun Country spokesperson told BMTN.

"We are working diligently to ensure we’re making smart adjustments that will minimize the impact to our employees and our operation."

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A number of airlines have been taking similar steps in the wake of reduced demand, with fewer willing to travel as the virus spreads.

Delta has already temporarily stopped flights to countries with extensive coronavirus outbreaks, which included the suspension of flights between MSP and Seoul, South Korea.

British Airways meanwhile has cut a number of services to the U.S. because of dwindling demand.

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