2012 Airport Affordability Index

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It’s July, so it’s time for our annual Airport Affordability Index. These rankings are based on the searches on our site for the month of June, 2012. We took the 101 most searched airports and averaged the prices our users found on flights to the most popular domestic and international destinations, from Miami to Honolulu and London to Cancun.

Look below to see where your favorite airports rank and how they fared versus last year. You might even find that an airport across town from where you live or where you are planning to travel might be a low cost alternative. As always, we suggest doing your homework so you know where to look and what to expect so you know a deal when you see it and are ready to act.

Number Airport Average Airfare Last year’s rank
1 Bob Hope Airport, CA (BUR) $221 2
2 Long Beach (Daugherty Field), CA (LGB) $250 1
3 Fresno Air Terminal, CA (FAT) $290 26
4 Harrisburg International, PA (MDT) $304 N/A
5 Lehigh Valley, PA (ABE) $307 4
6 John Wayne/Orange County, CA (SNA) $316 5
7 White Plains, NY (HPN) $324 N/A
8 Metropolitan Oakland International, CA (OAK) $330 9
9 Chicago Midway, IL (MDW) $339 40
10 Bellingham International, WA (BLI) $342 10
11 Akron-Canton Regional, OH (CAK) $349 14
12 McGhee Tyson, TN (TYS) $350 35
13 San Jose International, CA (SJC) $350 22
14 Syracuse Hancock International, NY (SYR) $351 44
15 General Mitchell International, WI (MKE) $351 3
16 Memphis International, TN (MEM) $367 19
17 James M. Cox Dayton International, OH (DAY) $373 17
18 Tucson International, AZ (TUS) $375 37
19 Greater Rochester International, NY (ROC) $377 12
20 Manchester, NH (MHT) $380 59
21 Portland Intl Jetport, ME (PWM) $385 49
22 Piedmont Triad International, NC (GSO) $386 52
23 La Guardia, NY (LGA) $396 29
24 Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International, FL (FLL) $401 15
25 Ontario International, CA (ONT) $405 11
26 Wichita Mid-Continent, KS (ICT) $409 25
27 Palm Beach International, FL (PBI) $409 23
28 Burlington International, VT (BTV) $416 53
29 Buffalo Niagara International, NY (BUF) $419 32
30 William P. Hobby, TX (HOU) $422 6
31 Bradley International, CT (BDL) $426 28
32 Dallas/Fort Worth International, TX (DFW) $432 42
33 Theodore Francis Green State, RI (PVD) $435 39
34 Eppley Airfield, NE (OMA) $435 16
35 New Orleans International, LA (MSY) $440 24
36 Des Moines International, IA (DSM) $440 71
37 Reagan National (DCA) $444 41
38 San Antonio International, TX (SAT) $454 30
39 Richmond International, VA (RIC) $454 27
40 Albuquerque International, NM (ABQ) $458 69
41 Albany International, NY (ALB) $463 82
42 Myrtle Beach Jetport, SC (MYR) $467 N/A
43 Port Columbus International, OH (CMH) $471 31
44 Lambert-St Louis International, MO (STL) $472 43
45 Atlanta International, GA (ATL) $477 65
46 Pittsburgh International, PA (PIT) $490 21
47 Southwest Florida International, FL (RSW) $492 56
48 Charlotte/Douglas International, NC (CLT) $492 50
49 Orlando International, FL (MCO) $496 67
50 Tampa International, FL (TPA) $498 36
51 Bishop International, MI (FNT) $498 8
52 Spokane International, WA (GEG) $502 61
53 Nashville International, TN (BNA) $503 45
54 Standiford Field, KY (SDF) $505 87
55 Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International, OH (CVG) $508 90
56 Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County, MI (DTW) $510 38
57 Pensacola Regional, FL (PNS) $511 33
58 El Paso International, TX (ELP) $523 64
59 Los Angeles International, CA (LAX) $531 88
60 Austin-Bergstrom International, TX (AUS) $532 54
61 Minneapolis-St Paul International, MN (MSP) $533 47
62 Chicago-O’Hare International, IL (ORD) $537 85
63 Oklahoma, OK (OKC) $542 72
64 Indianapolis International, IN (IND) $543 34
65 Gerald R. Ford International, MI (GRR) $544 62
66 Dallas Love Field, TX (DAL) $544 13
67 McCarran International, NV (LAS) $552 79
68 Newark International, NJ (EWR) $552 77
69 Logan International, MA (BOS) $553 86
70 Reno-Tahoe International, NV (RNO) $556 46
71 Philadelphia International, PA (PHL) $556 74
72 Sacramento International Airport, CA (SMF) $557 68
73 Adams Field, AR (LIT) $558 93
74 Kansas City International, MO (MCI) $565 18
75 San Diego Intl-Lindbergh Field, CA (SAN) $567 78
76 Tulsa International, OK (TUL) $567 79
77 Phoenix Sky Harbor International, AZ (PHX) $569 73
78 Miami International, FL (MIA) $572 91
79 Blue Grass, KY (LEX) $573 N/A
80 Raleigh-Durham International, NC (RDU) $574 55
81 Denver International, CO (DEN) $582 58
82 Savannah/Hilton Head International, GA (SAV) $587 89
83 George Bush Intercontinental, TX (IAH) $589 84
84 Salt Lake City International, UT (SLC) $597 57
85 Jacksonville International, FL (JAX) $599 76
86 Portland International, OR (PDX) $599 92
87 Norfolk International, VA (ORF) $621 75
88 Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (GSP) $623 51
89 Baltimore/Washington International, MD (BWI) $623 81
90 San Francisco International, CA (SFO) $624 96
91 Seattle – Tacoma International, WA (SEA) $626 83
92 Colorado Springs Municipal, CO (COS) $649 60
93 Cleveland-Hopkins International, OH (CLE) $650 63
94 Boise Air Terminal (Gowen Field), ID (BOI) $660 70
95 Washington Dulles International (IAD) $662 97
96 Birmingham International, AL (BHM) $667 95
97 John F. Kennedy International, NY (JFK) $678 99
98 Kahului, HI (OGG) $712 N/A
99 Charleston International, SC (CHS) $717 66
100 Honolulu International, HI (HNL) $854 101
101 Anchorage International, AK (ANC) $964 100
2012 Airport Affordability Index was last modified: April 23rd, 2015 by Melisse Hinkle
Author: Melisse Hinkle (388 posts)

A New England native but explorer at heart, Melisse has traveled throughout North America, biked through rice paddies in Bali, seen the Northern Lights in Iceland, walked alongside llamas in Machu Picchu and made her way around Europe while studying abroad in London. She is the Head of Content and Social Media for North America at Cheapflights.