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Sun Country is cutting 350 jobs at Minneapolis-St. Paul airport

It's outsourcing ground service responsibilities to a contractor.

Just over two months after it was announced it was being sold to a New York asset management group, Sun Country is cutting 350 jobs in its home city.

The company confirmed in a news release it will be reducing worker numbers in its ground service operations at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

The Eagan-based firm, which calls itself "Minnesota's hometown airline" told staff on Tuesday that layoffs will begin shortly, but that they'll be able to reapply for their jobs.


– Sun Country will no longer be Minnesota-owned.

That's because Sun Country is contracting the positions out to a Canadian company, Global Aviation Services Inc., which will take over on May 1.

Preference will be given to laid-off employees who re-apply with Global Aviation Services, which has offices in Eagan among other U.S. locations, and provides outsourced ground services to airlines across North America.

“These decisions are always difficult to make. We deeply value our employees’ contributions and any decisions involving our team are not taken lightly,” stated Jude Bricker, Sun Country Airlines CEO and president.

The company is offering affected employees bonus packages and incentive pay options during the transition period.

The Star Tribune reports positions being cut are nonunion, and include ticket counter agents, sky caps, below-wing ground workers, mail and cargo handlers, de-icers, and people who provide wheelchair services.

The cuts represent about 20 percent of its 1,800 Twin Cities staff, with the company saying it will be more efficient as a result.

Sun Country announced in December it was being bought by New York-based Apollo Global Management, with the purchase expected to go through in the first quarter of this year.

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