About Chippewa County International Airport (CIU)
Located in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, the Chippewa County International Airport is actually primarily used for general aviation. Passenger traffic is limited to a domestic Sky West flight that connects to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport. It gets the "international" designation primarily from being right on the border of Canada, directly neighboring with the city of Sault Ste. Marie in Ontario; international FedEx shipping and customs are handled from here.
Cheap Flights From Chippewa County International Airport (CIU)
The lone option from CIU is the aforementioned flight to Detroit. If that's the destination you're looking for and your departure dates are flexible, check out the Month Search feature to see if any deals are coming available in the near future.
For all other destinations, you'll want to look to the nearby airports. The closest is the Sault Ste. Marie Airport just across the border in Ontario. This airport exclusively serves destinations in Canada, primarily Toronto, though there is a season flight from here to Montego Bay in Jamaica. The closest option within Michigan that has a variety of destinations is Traverse City's Cherry Capital Airport. This airport specializes in flights to Chicago, Detroit and Minneapolis with some additional seasonal service to major cities like New York and Dallas. The three largest airports in the state are in Detroit, Grand Rapids and Lansing, which are all virtually at the other end of the state from Sault Ste. Marie, though they will likely offer more competitive pricing as well as a much wider range of destinations.
Features of CIU for Outbound Passengers
Since it's home to only one commercial flight, you can expect CIU to be on the small and basic side, more like a bus or train station than an airport. It does have multiple departures and arrivals to and from Detroit every day, however, so there are some services and amenities available. There are no restaurants or shops, but a handful of vending machines are available in the lobby. Work stations with power outlets are also available as well as one conference room that can be booked. The airport also opens at 3 A.M. for early departures. One of the big draws for departures is that parking is not only free, but you can leave your vehicle in the lot there indefinitely.
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Airports near Sault Ste Marie Chippewa County
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