The cheapest times to fly from MSP to CIU are

  • May 14th to June 3rd
  • September 3rd to April 1st (except the weeks of September 10th, October 8th, October 15th, November 12th, November 19th, and December 17th)

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from MSP to CIU is late December. Prices can be as high as $853 for Saturday flights during early August, or as low as $249 for Monday flights around late December.


When to Fly to Sault Ste. Marie

Flying from Minneapolis, MN (MSP) to Sault Ste. Marie, MI (CIU) will usually cost between $249 to $503 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late December with an average ticket price of $249. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early August, with an average price of $466. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $217 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $251 can be considered a good price for a round-trip MSP to CIU flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the MSP to CIU route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

MSP to CIU Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the MSP to CIU flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Minneapolis. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.36, which is a bit above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Monday is usually the cheapest day to fly to CIU, and Thursday the cheapest day to fly back into MSP. Saturdays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $24 (8%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Monday and returning a week later will cost an average of $284. Return trip prices are from the CIU to MSP flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from MSP to CIU can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 46 minutes may be realistic.


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from MSP to CIU? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 3 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, Delta, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Chippewa County International Airport to Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 433 miles or 697 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from MSP to CIU?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop MSP to CIU flight is about 1 hour 46 minutes.

How many flights go between Minneapolis, MN and Sault Ste. Marie, MI?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 56 available flights from MSP to CIU.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code MSP
Origination airport name Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport
City Minneapolis, MN
Country the United States
Latitude 44.9
Longitude -93.2

Return Airport

Destination code CIU
Destination airport name Chippewa County International Airport
City Sault Ste. Marie, MI
Country the United States
Latitude 46.3
Longitude -84.5


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from MSP to CIU tend to depart late far less frequently than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 19% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 16% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave CIU heading for MSP about 10 minutes late. This does not significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Sault Ste. Marie, MI is about 2 minutes early. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • SkyWest: 10 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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