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Spirit quietly ended its MSP-Chicago route months ago

It was up against several bigger airlines.

Unbeknownst to many, Spirit Airlines is no longer flying its direct route between Minneapolis-St. Paul and Chicago.

The budget airline quietly stop running the route to O'Hare Airport at the end of April, according to the Star Tribune.

The decision was taken because it's running more destinations out of MSP, meaning it didn't have to send as many of its passengers through O'Hare.

It's not the first to stop flying the highly-competitive route between the two Midwestern destinations. Sun Country ended its service to Chicago-Midway in fall 2015.

Minnesotan travelers have plenty of choice to fly to Chicago, with American, Delta and United all flying to O'Hare, with Delta and Southwest both flying to Midway.

That said, Spirit tends to be one of the cheapest options for travelers, with The Points Guy ranking the airline as having the best airfares in the U.S. for domestic travelers.

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But it suffers from reliability issues at times. Its 74.8 percent on-time rating on FlightStats.com is lower than the four other airlines flying between MSP and Chicago, albeit statistics for that specific route aren't available.

Its punctuality rating is better than low-cost competitors such as JetBlue, Frontier and Allegiant, however, though not as good as WestJet and Southwest.

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