Sun Country to Cut 350 Jobs, Contract with Aviation Services Firm

February 20, 2018 06:13 PM

Sun Country Airlines plans to let go about 350 employees and begin contracting those jobs through the firm Global Aviation Services USA Inc., the company said Tuesday.

In announcing the move, the Eagan-based airline said the cuts will allow it to ensure the company's viability and continue to provide “high-quality, safe, and reliable service to our loyal and growing customer base.”

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A release from the company didn’t make clear which segments of jobs would be affected. A company spokesperson did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

The president and CEO of Global Aviation Services USA Inc, whose U.S. offices are based in Tampa, said the impacted employees include check-in agents, cargo agents, cabin cleaning agents and wheelchair agents. The firm will hire for 350 jobs in the Twin Cities. 

GAS's corporate headquarters are in Toronto.

The firm already partners with Sun Country in Tampa and Fort Myers, Florida. It counts 42 airlines, including legacy carriers such as KLM, Delta, United and others, as current partners. 

President and CEO Carm Borg said the company will have a crew in Minneapolis over the next couple of weeks to hold job fairs and conduct interviews. All of those hired would become permanent employees entitled to all benefits, Borg said. 

"We're definitely excited about this opportunity," Borg said. "Excited to get into the Twin Cities and grow our relationship with Sun Country Airlines."

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Sun Country says those laid off who are qualified will be given priority with Global Aviation Services for interviews.

“These decisions are always difficult to make,” President and CEO Jude Bricker said in a statement. “We deeply value our employees’ contributions and any decisions involving our team are not taken lightly.”

The airline says it will offer stay bonus packages and incentive pay options to affected employees, though further details were not immediately made available.

Stay tuned to KSTP.com and 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS for updates. 

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