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Brian Sprenger, director of Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, speaks at a press conference announcing the addition of Sun Country Airlines Tuesday.

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An eighth airline has been added to Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport’s offerings to passengers, the airport announced Tuesday morning.

Sun Country Airlines in June will begin nonstop seasonal service to Minneapolis-St. Paul two days a week. Airport director Brian Sprenger said one-way tickets could be available for as little as $89.

“We’re excited that they chose Bozeman as their launch point into Montana,” Sprenger said at the press conference. “Sun Country has been around for a long time, but may not be as well known in this region of the country.”

Sprenger said the addition of Sun Country now means Bozeman has competing airlines for six of the 10 available nonstop flights. He said Sun Country has a “fairly extensive” network of flights in Minneapolis-St. Paul, giving travelers more options for connecting flights.

Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce President Daryl Schliem said the additional flights may add a boost to the Bozeman economy.

“Every time we open a new direct flight and a new direct market, we see multiple businesses and multiple homeownership come (as a) result of that,” Schliem said. He also said the new flights may help curb the summertime vehicle traffic coming to the area from Minneapolis-St. Paul.

The flights will take place every Wednesday and Saturday during the summer 2020 season.

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Melissa Loveridge can be reached at mloveridge@dailychronicle.com or at (406) 582-2651.

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