The cheapest times to fly from CIU to MSP are

  • May 14th to June 10th
  • September 10th to April 1st (except the weeks of September 17th, October 8th, October 15th, October 22nd, November 19th, December 10th, and December 24th)

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 CIU to MSP is mid December. Prices can be as high as $751 for Saturday flights during early to mid July, or as low as $249 for Thursday flights around mid December.


When to Fly to Minneapolis

Flying from Sault Ste. Marie, MI (CIU) to Minneapolis, MN (MSP) will usually cost between $249 to $551 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid December with an average ticket price of $249. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid July, with an average price of $453. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $204 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 CIU to MSP flight.

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

CIU to MSP Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the CIU to MSP flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Sault Ste. Marie. 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

Thursday is usually the cheapest day to fly to MSP, and Monday the cheapest day to fly back into CIU. 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 Thursday and returning a week later will cost an average of $285. Return trip prices are from the MSP to CIU 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 CIU to MSP 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 CIU to MSP? 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 Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport to Chippewa County International Airport?

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

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

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

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

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 68 available flights from CIU to MSP.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

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

Return Airport

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


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from CIU to MSP tend to depart late far less frequently than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 16% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 13% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave MSP heading for CIU about 6 minutes late. This does not significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Minneapolis, MN is about 18 minutes early. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • SkyWest: 6 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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