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Company that replaced 350 local workers ends contract with Sun Country

Global Aviation Services lasted just over two months running ground operations for the airline.
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The recent struggles of "Minnesota's hometown airline" continue this week with news that the company Sun Country took on to run its ground operations at MSP Airport has canceled its contract.

In February, the Eagan-based airline announced it was cutting 350 jobs as it outsourced its ground operations to Canadian company, Global Aviation Services.

These laid off workers included ticket counter agents, sky caps, below-wing ground workers, mail and cargo handlers, de-icers, and people who provide wheelchair services.

Sun Country said they would be able to re-apply for their jobs with Global Aviation Services, as the company prepared to start its work for the airline on May 1.

But just two months later, Global Aviation canceled the contract, forcing Sun Country to look to re-hire seasonal workers to keep its ground operations going.

"We gave them notice and asked them to find another ground handler," Global Aviation Services CEO Carm Borg told BMTN over the phone.

"We don't have a definite number of how many seasonal workers we will hire, as we are still assessing the need, but we are actively recruiting," spokeswoman Jessica Wheeler said.

"We are working to secure a new contract as quickly as possible." 

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The Star Tribune has more details on the ending of the contract, noting that Global couldn't hire workers fast enough to ensure smooth operations at MSP.

This in turn meant Sun Country had to send some of its HQ staff to clean planes and run check-in desks, the newspaper notes.

Sun Country announced in December it was being bought by New York-based Apollo Global Management, since when it has suffered from a series of PR nightmares, including the stranding of Twin Cities passengers in two Mexico destinations during the April snowstorm.

Correction: An earlier version of this story reported that Sun Country had ended its contract with Global Aviation, when in fact it was the other way around. We apologize for the error.

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