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Last chance: Sun Country is ending service between MSP and Chicago next week


Sun Country Airlines is ending flights between Minneapolis and Chicago next week.

The airline, which began flights from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to Chicago's Midway International Airport in 2013, began ending reservations between the two cities after Sept. 28 earlier this year.

The Star Tribune has now confirmed it with the airline, which says it wants to focus its small fleet of 20 planes on more international routes, the newspaper reports.

Sun Country has been adding flights in warmer locations, including from Fort Myers, Florida, to Puerto Rico and Mexico.

Sun Country has faced a lot of competition with its Twin Cities-Chicago route, the Business Journal notes. There are dozens of flights departing MSP for the Windy City daily – American and United airlines have hubs in Chicago, while Delta has a hub in Minneapolis.

Larry Chestler, Sun Country’s executive vice president of business development, told the Star Tribune the airline's most direct competition came from Southwest, which also flies out of Terminal 2 to Midway, and discount airline Spirit.

In the last few days before service to Chicago ends, Sun Country is offering one-way tickets for as little as $41, according to its online booking system.

Service from MSP-Chicago isn't the only flight Sun Country is dropping.

Earlier this year, the airline announced it would be leaving Lansing, Michigan, in November, ending nonstop service from Minneapolis to Michigan, the Lansing State Journal reported. It also suspended its seasonal service to Harlingen, Texas, The Monitor reported.

In other Sun Country news, the airline's ongoing negotiations with its pilots – who claim they're the lowest-paid in the country – are expected to continue, with discussions scheduled for later this week, the Star Tribune reports.

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