Sun Country is dropping its plan for Minnesota-to-Cuba flights

They got the OK for non-stop flights but hadn't started them.

Those Twin Cities flights to Matanzas hadn't even started yet and now they've been scrapped. 

Sun Country Airlines was the surprise choice last year when the Transportation Department picked 10 U.S. carriers to launch service to Cuba after the Obama administration rolled back travel restrictions.

But the Minnesota-based airline is now washing its hands of the plan. 

Sun Country told the feds about its decision last week, MPR News reports, with the company's head lawyer explaining that "the market demand remains uncertain and there is still a lack of clarity surrounding travel restrictions."

Their decision came even before the Trump administration announced new restrictions on travel to the island this week. 

The plan was to serve smaller Cuban cities

Instead of flying into Havana, Sun Country had planned to serve smaller Cuban destinations – Matanzas and Santa Clara. 

But since commercial travel to Cuba resumed, the demand for flights to smaller cities has been weaker than airlines expected, CNBC reports

The network says that could be because hotel rooms are lacking in those cities compared to other Caribbean destinations. 

Minnesotans can still catch one-stop flights from the Twin Cities to Havana aboard Delta or American Airlines, although Delta tells the Star Tribune they're "reviewing the new regulations" on Cuban travel, which kicked in Thursday.

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