101 airports ranked on affordability

Long Beach ... the most affordable airport

We here at Cheapflights are committed to finding you the most affordable flights and travel deals. We know that – in the era of baggage fees, legroom fees, and what feels like endless travel costs – finding the right starting (or landing) point for a cheap flight is key. So, without further ado, we present the 2011 airport affordability list.

The complete list of 101 airports ranked on affordability allows you to see how nearby airports stack up. We measured the average airfare for the most popular US airports based on the fares Cheapflights.com users found to top destinations like Orlando, London Heathrow, Las Vegas and Cancun during June 2011. Below are the top 10 most affordable airports:

  1. Long Beach (Daugherty Field), CA (LGB) – $223
  2. Bob Hope Airport, CA (BUR) – $248
  3. General Mitchell International, WI (MKE) – $274
  4. Lehigh Valley, PA (ABE) – $280
  5. John Wayne/Orange County, CA (SNA) – $288
  6. William P. Hobby, TX (HOU) – $294
  7. Newport News/Williamsburg International, VA (PHF) – $300
  8. Bishop International, MI (FNT) – $301
  9. Metropolitan Oakland International, CA (OAK) – $305
  10. Bellingham International, WA (BLI) – $311

What do these airport rankings mean for you? For Houston residents, it means considering William P. Hobby Airport, located seven miles from downtown Houston and offering an average airfare of just $294, rather than George Bush Intercontinental Airport, where passengers pay $461 on average for flights. Choosing an alternative airport could make all the difference in how much you save on airfare.

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(Image: John Murphy)