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Sun Country Airlines Labor Issues Puts Terminal 2 Expansion in Potential Jeopardy

Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) board members on May 18 voted to hold off awarding the bid for construction of three new aircraft gates (four jet bridge positions) at Terminal 2-Humphrey until the June board meeting.

The decision came after news reports indicated Sun Country Airlines’ owners were considering reducing and ultimately discontinuing airline operations if an acceptable labor agreement can’t be reached with pilots. 

“We need time to analyze demand for the gate expansion should Sun Country Airlines eliminate flights,” said Gary Warren, vice president of planning, development and environment at the MAC. “Hopefully, a month from now we’ll also have a better idea how Sun Country’s labor issues will shake out. Our hope is that an agreement can be reached that will allow the airline to continue growing air service and jobs at MSP International Airport.” 

In addition to the new gates, the $27.5 million project would add amenities such as a new restrooms, a nursing mother’s room, lactation room and indoor pet relief area as well as the airport’s first green roof system.