2014 Airport Affordability Report

In our continued effort to inform travelers and help keep travel costs low, we bring you our Fifth Annual Airport Affordability Index.

The index, which uses average plane ticket prices our site users found during the month of June (to a list of common domestic and international destinations) to rank 101 of the most popular airports in the United States, gives travelers a little extra insight into the cheapest departure and arrival points.

This year’s list features quite a few newcomers (Charleston International, Dallas Love Field, Joe Foss Field, Chicago Midway, San Jose International and Bradley International) to the top 10 most affordable airports as well as some repeat appearances from last year (Long Beach (Daugherty Field), Harrisburg International, Bob Hope Airport and Myrtle Beach Jetport). The airports with the cheapest ticket prices serve everything from major markets like Chicago to small markets like Sioux Falls, S.D. Notably, Charleston, S.C. jumped from number 30 last year to claim the top spot this year.

Our rankings provide travelers with a way of seeing how nearby airports measure up and potentially expanding departure or arrival options during a flight search. These rankings fluctuate year to year and prices can change frequently (and dramatically) along routes, but as always, there are a few key takeaways: do your research, check out all your options and, if you can, be flexible with your travel plans — it could yield significant savings!

Take a look at the full list:



Average Airfare

Last year’s rank

1Charleston International, SC (CHS)$19130
2Long Beach (Daugherty Field), CA (LGB)$2001
3Harrisburg International, PA (MDT)$2367
4Dallas Love Field, TX (DAL)$26665
5Joe Foss Field, SD (FSD)$267N/A
6Chicago Midway, IL (MDW)$26918
7Bob Hope Airport, CA (BUR)$2749
8San Jose International, CA (SJC)$27717
9Myrtle Beach Jetport, SC (MYR)$2872
10Bradley International, CT (BDL)$29551
11Wichita Mid-Continent, KS (ICT)$30670
12Metropolitan Oakland International, CA (OAK)$3065
13Portland Intl Jetport, ME (PWM)$30823
14Charles B. Wheeler Downtown, MO (MKC)$30939
15Akron-Canton Regional, OH (CAK)$31210
16Manchester, NH (MHT)$31326
17Theodore Francis Green State, RI (PVD)$31429
18Eppley Airfield, NE (OMA)$31933
19Fresno Air Terminal, CA (FAT)$3313
20Denver International, CO (DEN)$33254
21Bellingham International, WA (BLI)$33415
22Reagan National (DCA)$33524
23Palm Beach International, FL (PBI)$33519
24Richmond International, VA (RIC)$34145
25Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County, MI (DTW)$34138
26General Mitchell International, WI (MKE)$34142
27Memphis International, TN (MEM)$34261
28Greater Rochester International, NY (ROC)$34613
29Orlando International, FL (MCO)$35236
30Syracuse Hancock International, NY (SYR)$35420
31La Guardia, NY (LGA)$3556
32Burlington International, VT (BTV)$3594
33Kansas City International, MO (MCI)$35971
34Tucson International, AZ (TUS)$36235
35Minneapolis-St Paul International, MN (MSP)$36472
36McCarran International, NV (LAS)$36468
37Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International, FL (FLL)$36621
38Indianapolis International, IN (IND)$36757
39Buffalo Niagara International, NY (BUF)$36852
40James M. Cox Dayton International, OH (DAY)$37028
41Albuquerque International, NM (ABQ)$37192
42William P. Hobby, TX (HOU)$37150
43Lovell Field, TN (CHA)$372N/A
44Dallas/Fort Worth International, TX (DFW)$37225
45Tampa International, FL (TPA)$38179
46Oklahoma, OK (OKC)$38253
47Des Moines International, IA (DSM)$38431
48Philadelphia International, PA (PHL)$38647
49Ontario International, CA (ONT)$38827
50Bishop International, MI (FNT)$39116
51Baltimore/Washington International, MD (BWI)$39177
52Reno-Tahoe International, NV (RNO)$39634
53Pensacola Regional, FL (PNS)$39643
54Austin-Bergstrom International, TX (AUS)$39966
55Lambert-St Louis International, MO (STL)$40064
56Los Angeles International, CA (LAX)$40360
57Gerald R. Ford International, MI (GRR)$40441
58Pittsburgh International, PA (PIT)$40578
59Jacksonville International, FL (JAX)$40874
60Raleigh-Durham International, NC (RDU)$40963
61Seattle – Tacoma International, WA (SEA)$40975
62Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (GSP)$40946
63George Bush Intercontinental, TX (IAH)$41032
64Phoenix Sky Harbor International, AZ (PHX)$41386
65Chicago-O’Hare International, IL (ORD)$41340
66Cleveland-Hopkins International, OH (CLE)$41383
67John Wayne/Orange County, CA (SNA)$41411
68Mahlon Sweet Field, OR (EUG)$414N/A
69Albany International, NY (ALB)$41667
70New Orleans International, LA (MSY)$41773
71Nashville International, TN (BNA)$41780
72Salt Lake City International, UT (SLC)$42397
73Atlanta International, GA (ATL)$42691
74Adams Field, AR (LIT)$42859
75Sacramento International Airport, CA (SMF)$42976
76Logan International, MA (BOS)$43088
77Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International, OH (CVG)$43769
78San Diego Intl-Lindbergh Field, CA (SAN)$44355
79Portland International, OR (PDX)$44848
80Miami International, FL (MIA)$45199
81San Francisco International, CA (SFO)$45384
82Piedmont Triad International, NC (GSO)$45914
83San Antonio International, TX (SAT)$47062
84Washington Dulles International (IAD)$479100
85Norfolk International, VA (ORF)$48085
86Spokane International, WA (GEG)$48144
87Birmingham International, AL (BHM)$48489
88Charlotte/Douglas International, NC (CLT)$48494
89Standiford Field, KY (SDF)$48596
90Dane County Rgnl-Truax Field, WI (MSN)$485N/A
91McGhee Tyson, TN (TYS)$50022
92Northwest Arkansas Regional, AR (XNA)$51382
93Anchorage International, AK (ANC)$52187
94Port Columbus International, OH (CMH)$52481
95Boise Air Terminal (Gowen Field), ID (BOI)$53637
96Southwest Florida International, FL (RSW)$56298
97El Paso International, TX (ELP)$56849
98John F. Kennedy International, NY (JFK)$58195
99Tulsa International, OK (TUL)$59658
100Newark International, NJ (EWR)$69493
101Honolulu International, HI (HNL)$842101

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