2015 Airport Affordability Report

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At Cheapflights, we know the importance of keeping travel costs low and are always on the lookout for ways that travelers can save. After all, you don’t have to spend a lot to plan a great trip. For the last six years we have done our research so you don’t have to – ranking 101 of the most-searched U.S. airports by affordability to inspire your next vacation location.

For our annual index, we look at average airfares travelers found on our site during the month of June to a mix of popular domestic and international destinations and use the data to rank the 101 airports on the list.

There were quite a few surprises on the Sixth Annual Airport Affordability Index. The two most affordable airports in 2015, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International and Atlanta International, were #77 and #73 on last year’s list respectively!

If you’re looking to get out of the city this year, you’re in luck! Atlanta, New York, Chicago and Philadelphia all broke into the top 10 in 2015 (none of which even cracked the top 30 last year!), making it a great time to get away from the city. Cheaper fares from major airports means more affordable travel for many coming from these popular departure points.

But with so many positions changing dramatically from our 2014 index, it’s clearer than ever that smart budget travel requires a bit of homework. With flight prices constantly changing, savvy travelers do their research, keep an eye on prices and book when they find a great deal. Let this list inspire and guide you as you plan your next trip, finding cheaper ways to travel and alternative airports to cut costs.

See how your local airport stacks up and start planning your next escape.

Rank Airport Ave Airfare 2014 Rank
1 Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International, OH (CVG) $199 77
2 Atlanta International, GA (ATL) $231 73
3 Dallas Love Field, TX (DAL) $251 4
4 La Guardia, NY (LGA) $251 31
5 Chicago-O’Hare International, IL (ORD) $265 65
6 Philadelphia International, PA (PHL) $267 48
7 Long Beach (Daugherty Field), CA (LGB) $267 2
8 Cleveland-Hopkins International, OH (CLE) $278 66
9 Orlando International, FL (MCO) $281 29
10 Metropolitan Oakland International, CA (OAK) $282 12
11 San Jose International, CA (SJC) $288 8
12 McCarran International, NV (LAS) $289 36
13 Denver International, CO (DEN) $292 20
14 Reagan National (DCA) $292 22
15 Bob Hope Airport, CA (BUR) $293 7
16 Austin-Bergstrom International, TX (AUS) $293 54
17 Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International, FL (FLL) $301 37
18 Kansas City International, MO (MCI) $301 33
19 Los Angeles International, CA (LAX) $307 56
20 Lambert-St Louis International, MO (STL) $307 55
21 Miami International, FL (MIA) $307 80
22 Minneapolis-St Paul International, MN (MSP) $317 35
23 Bradley International, CT (BDL) $322 10
24 Newark Liberty International, NJ (EWR) $325 100
25 Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County, MI (DTW) $326 25
26 Baltimore/Washington International, MD (BWI) $330 51
27 Theodore Francis Green State, RI (PVD) $331 17
28 Tampa International, FL (TPA) $331 45
29 Dallas/Fort Worth International, TX (DFW) $332 44
30 Louis Armstrong New Orleans International, LA (MSY) $335 70
31 Raleigh-Durham International, NC (RDU) $336 60
32 William P. Hobby, TX (HOU) $337 42
33 Kahului, HI (OGG) $337 N/A
34 John Wayne/Orange County, CA (SNA) $338 67
35 Buffalo Niagara International, NY (BUF) $343 39
36 Chicago Midway, IL (MDW) $346 6
37 Charleston International, SC (CHS) $347 1
38 Burlington International, VT (BTV) $347 32
39 Indianapolis International, IN (IND) $351 38
40 Akron-Canton Regional, OH (CAK) $354 15
41 George Bush Intercontinental, TX (IAH) $356 63
42 Sacramento International Airport, CA (SMF) $357 75
43 San Diego Intl-Lindbergh Field, CA (SAN) $360 78
44 Salt Lake City International, UT (SLC) $361 72
45 Phoenix Sky Harbor International, AZ (PHX) $363 64
46 Memphis International, TN (MEM) $363 27
47 Manchester, NH (MHT) $364 16
48 Richmond International, VA (RIC) $369 24
49 Greater Rochester International, NY (ROC) $373 28
50 Portland International, OR (PDX) $374 79
51 Charles B. Wheeler Downtown, MO (MKC) $374 14
52 San Francisco International, CA (SFO) $378 81
53 Logan International, MA (BOS) $379 76
54 Seattle – Tacoma International, WA (SEA) $382 61
55 Ontario International, CA (ONT) $393 49
56 Eppley Airfield, NE (OMA) $393 18
57 Bellingham International, WA (BLI) $395 21
58 The Eastern Iowa Airport, IA (CID) $397 N/A
59 Charlotte/Douglas International, NC (CLT) $402 88
60 Savannah/Hilton Head International, GA (SAV) $402 N/A
61 Palm Beach International, FL (PBI) $403 23
62 Syracuse Hancock International, NY (SYR) $408 30
63 Jacksonville International, FL (JAX) $413 59
64 John F. Kennedy International, NY (JFK) $413 98
65 Washington Dulles International (IAD) $414 84
66 General Mitchell International, WI (MKE) $415 26
67 Southwest Florida International, FL (RSW) $416 96
68 Port Columbus International, OH (CMH) $419 94
69 Piedmont Triad International, NC (GSO) $426 82
70 Reno-Tahoe International, NV (RNO) $427 52
71 San Antonio International, TX (SAT) $434 83
72 Gerald R. Ford International, MI (GRR) $435 57
73 Lehigh Valley International, PA (ABE) $437 N/A
74 Tucson International, AZ (TUS) $437 34
75 Albuquerque International, NM (ABQ) $445 41
76 Norfolk International, VA (ORF) $446 85
77 Tulsa International, OK (TUL) $450 99
78 Fresno Air Terminal, CA (FAT) $457 19
79 Nashville International, TN (BNA) $458 71
80 Pittsburgh International, PA (PIT) $462 58
81 Birmingham International, AL (BHM) $465 87
82 Des Moines International, IA (DSM) $468 47
83 Hector International, ND (FAR) $469 N/A
84 Spokane International, WA (GEG) $470 86
85 Boise Air Terminal (Gowen Field), ID (BOI) $484 95
86 Albany International, NY (ALB) $484 69
87 Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport, KS (ICT) $494 11
88 Will Rogers, OK (OKC) $498 46
89 Myrtle Beach International, SC (MYR) $507 9
90 Standiford Field, KY (SDF) $509 89
91 Adams Field, AR (LIT) $536 74
92 Portland Intl Jetport, ME (PWM) $537 13
93 Pensacola Regional, FL (PNS) $540 53
94 McGhee Tyson, TN (TYS) $552 91
95 El Paso International, TX (ELP) $554 97
96 Anchorage International, AK (ANC) $576 93
97 James M. Cox Dayton International, OH (DAY) $587 40
98 Greenville-Spartanburg International, SC (GSP) $592 62
99 Northwest Arkansas Regional, AR (XNA) $615 92
100 Yeager, WV (CRW) $742 N/A
101 Honolulu International, HI (HNL) $794 101

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2015 Airport Affordability Report was last modified: May 9th, 2016 by Amanda Festa
Author: Amanda Festa (342 posts)

Amanda is a Boston-based writer who loves to travel and believes planning her next adventure is half the fun. Amanda is a Content and Social Media Executive at Cheapflights.