EAGAN, Minn. — Sun Country Airlines is cutting 350 workers from its ground service operations at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

The Eagan-based company told employees Tuesday it will contract those jobs out to Global Aviation Services Inc.

Executives say the move will make Sun County more efficient. Layoffs begin immediately, with workers able to reapply for positions with Global Aviation as soon as Wednesday.

The Star Tribune reports affected workers include nonunion positions inside the terminal, such as ticket counter agents, sky caps and those who provide wheelchair services.

The decision will trim nearly 20 percent of Sun Country’s workforce of about 1,830.

In December, Sun Country was purchased for an undisclosed sum by New York-based Apollo Global Management.

Sun Country serves 41 airports in the U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean and Cost Rica.