Sun Country chairman threatens to close airline

Published 10:15 am Friday, May 8, 2015

MENDOTA HEIGHTS — The chairman of Sun Country Airlines is threatening to ground its planes during a pay dispute with the pilots union.

A letter from Marty Davis to the union said the company’s management has “begun the process of downsizing the airline, for what will need to be its ultimate shut-down.”

Minnesota Public Radio,reports the company declined to comment. The pilots union dismissed the letter as a bargaining tactic.

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Federal records indicate the carrier has been consistently profitable since 2009. The pilots union argues that no other sizable airline pays pilots less for flying Boeing 737s.