2015 Airport Affordability Report

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.

RankAirportAve Airfare2014 Rank
1Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International, OH (CVG)$19977
2Atlanta International, GA (ATL)$23173
3Dallas Love Field, TX (DAL)$2514
4La Guardia, NY (LGA)$25131
5Chicago-O’Hare International, IL (ORD)$26565
6Philadelphia International, PA (PHL)$26748
7Long Beach (Daugherty Field), CA (LGB)$2672
8Cleveland-Hopkins International, OH (CLE)$27866
9Orlando International, FL (MCO)$28129
10Metropolitan Oakland International, CA (OAK)$28212
11San Jose International, CA (SJC)$2888
12McCarran International, NV (LAS)$28936
13Denver International, CO (DEN)$29220
14Reagan National (DCA)$29222
15Bob Hope Airport, CA (BUR)$2937
16Austin-Bergstrom International, TX (AUS)$29354
17Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International, FL (FLL)$30137
18Kansas City International, MO (MCI)$30133
19Los Angeles International, CA (LAX)$30756
20Lambert-St Louis International, MO (STL)$30755
21Miami International, FL (MIA)$30780
22Minneapolis-St Paul International, MN (MSP)$31735
23Bradley International, CT (BDL)$32210
24Newark Liberty International, NJ (EWR)$325100
25Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County, MI (DTW)$32625
26Baltimore/Washington International, MD (BWI)$33051
27Theodore Francis Green State, RI (PVD)$33117
28Tampa International, FL (TPA)$33145
29Dallas/Fort Worth International, TX (DFW)$33244
30Louis Armstrong New Orleans International, LA (MSY)$33570
31Raleigh-Durham International, NC (RDU)$33660
32William P. Hobby, TX (HOU)$33742
33Kahului, HI (OGG)$337N/A
34John Wayne/Orange County, CA (SNA)$33867
35Buffalo Niagara International, NY (BUF)$34339
36Chicago Midway, IL (MDW)$3466
37Charleston International, SC (CHS)$3471
38Burlington International, VT (BTV)$34732
39Indianapolis International, IN (IND)$35138
40Akron-Canton Regional, OH (CAK)$35415
41George Bush Intercontinental, TX (IAH)$35663
42Sacramento International Airport, CA (SMF)$35775
43San Diego Intl-Lindbergh Field, CA (SAN)$36078
44Salt Lake City International, UT (SLC)$36172
45Phoenix Sky Harbor International, AZ (PHX)$36364
46Memphis International, TN (MEM)$36327
47Manchester, NH (MHT)$36416
48Richmond International, VA (RIC)$36924
49Greater Rochester International, NY (ROC)$37328
50Portland International, OR (PDX)$37479
51Charles B. Wheeler Downtown, MO (MKC)$37414
52San Francisco International, CA (SFO)$37881
53Logan International, MA (BOS)$37976
54Seattle – Tacoma International, WA (SEA)$38261
55Ontario International, CA (ONT)$39349
56Eppley Airfield, NE (OMA)$39318
57Bellingham International, WA (BLI)$39521
58The Eastern Iowa Airport, IA (CID)$397N/A
59Charlotte/Douglas International, NC (CLT)$40288
60Savannah/Hilton Head International, GA (SAV)$402N/A
61Palm Beach International, FL (PBI)$40323
62Syracuse Hancock International, NY (SYR)$40830
63Jacksonville International, FL (JAX)$41359
64John F. Kennedy International, NY (JFK)$41398
65Washington Dulles International (IAD)$41484
66General Mitchell International, WI (MKE)$41526
67Southwest Florida International, FL (RSW)$41696
68Port Columbus International, OH (CMH)$41994
69Piedmont Triad International, NC (GSO)$42682
70Reno-Tahoe International, NV (RNO)$42752
71San Antonio International, TX (SAT)$43483
72Gerald R. Ford International, MI (GRR)$43557
73Lehigh Valley International, PA (ABE)$437N/A
74Tucson International, AZ (TUS)$43734
75Albuquerque International, NM (ABQ)$44541
76Norfolk International, VA (ORF)$44685
77Tulsa International, OK (TUL)$45099
78Fresno Air Terminal, CA (FAT)$45719
79Nashville International, TN (BNA)$45871
80Pittsburgh International, PA (PIT)$46258
81Birmingham International, AL (BHM)$46587
82Des Moines International, IA (DSM)$46847
83Hector International, ND (FAR)$469N/A
84Spokane International, WA (GEG)$47086
85Boise Air Terminal (Gowen Field), ID (BOI)$48495
86Albany International, NY (ALB)$48469
87Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport, KS (ICT)$49411
88Will Rogers, OK (OKC)$49846
89Myrtle Beach International, SC (MYR)$5079
90Standiford Field, KY (SDF)$50989
91Adams Field, AR (LIT)$53674
92Portland Intl Jetport, ME (PWM)$53713
93Pensacola Regional, FL (PNS)$54053
94McGhee Tyson, TN (TYS)$55291
95El Paso International, TX (ELP)$55497
96Anchorage International, AK (ANC)$57693
97James M. Cox Dayton International, OH (DAY)$58740
98Greenville-Spartanburg International, SC (GSP)$59262
99Northwest Arkansas Regional, AR (XNA)$61592
100Yeager, WV (CRW)$742N/A
101Honolulu International, HI (HNL)$794101

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