How does your city fare in terms of airfares? Earlier this year, Cheapflights.com launched its Travel Price Index, which detailed the most expensive and cheapest cities to fly from, based on the cost of living in that area. Now, the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) released some new additional data that has some flyers in sticker shock.
BTS says of the nation’s top 100 airports, travelers on Cincinnati flights from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International averaged the highest domestic airfares during the third quarter of 2008. The data is based on round-trip tickets, or one-way tickets where no return is purchased. Cincinnati’s average ticket price is $597 and the airport's dominant carrier is Delta Air Lines.
Rounding out the top five costliest airports according to BTS:
Knoxville (TYS) where the average airfare was $549
Greenville/Spartanburg (GSP) with an average rate of $542
Grand Rapids with an average price of $490
Madison (MSN) with $362.
If you’re looking for bargains, the cheapest airports, according to BTS: Dallas Love Field (DAL), discount airline Southwest’s stronghold. BTS says the average airfare at the close-in pocketport was $238. Flights from Orlando were also cheapest, buoyed by the strong presence discount airlines AirTran, JetBlue and Southwest – Orlando’s average rate was $266. Third best was Burbank (BUR), where $270 was the average airfare. Long Beach (LGB), discount airline JetBlue’s major base in southern California was fourth best, with an average airfare of $271. Islip, Long Island (ISP) in New York ranked as the fifth least-costly airport in the nation. Discount airline Southwest is the dominant airline there, where the average rate as $272.
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