2014 Airport Affordability Report

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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:

Rank

Airport

Average Airfare

Last year’s rank

1 Charleston International, SC (CHS) $191 30
2 Long Beach (Daugherty Field), CA (LGB) $200 1
3 Harrisburg International, PA (MDT) $236 7
4 Dallas Love Field, TX (DAL) $266 65
5 Joe Foss Field, SD (FSD) $267 N/A
6 Chicago Midway, IL (MDW) $269 18
7 Bob Hope Airport, CA (BUR) $274 9
8 San Jose International, CA (SJC) $277 17
9 Myrtle Beach Jetport, SC (MYR) $287 2
10 Bradley International, CT (BDL) $295 51
11 Wichita Mid-Continent, KS (ICT) $306 70
12 Metropolitan Oakland International, CA (OAK) $306 5
13 Portland Intl Jetport, ME (PWM) $308 23
14 Charles B. Wheeler Downtown, MO (MKC) $309 39
15 Akron-Canton Regional, OH (CAK) $312 10
16 Manchester, NH (MHT) $313 26
17 Theodore Francis Green State, RI (PVD) $314 29
18 Eppley Airfield, NE (OMA) $319 33
19 Fresno Air Terminal, CA (FAT) $331 3
20 Denver International, CO (DEN) $332 54
21 Bellingham International, WA (BLI) $334 15
22 Reagan National (DCA) $335 24
23 Palm Beach International, FL (PBI) $335 19
24 Richmond International, VA (RIC) $341 45
25 Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County, MI (DTW) $341 38
26 General Mitchell International, WI (MKE) $341 42
27 Memphis International, TN (MEM) $342 61
28 Greater Rochester International, NY (ROC) $346 13
29 Orlando International, FL (MCO) $352 36
30 Syracuse Hancock International, NY (SYR) $354 20
31 La Guardia, NY (LGA) $355 6
32 Burlington International, VT (BTV) $359 4
33 Kansas City International, MO (MCI) $359 71
34 Tucson International, AZ (TUS) $362 35
35 Minneapolis-St Paul International, MN (MSP) $364 72
36 McCarran International, NV (LAS) $364 68
37 Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International, FL (FLL) $366 21
38 Indianapolis International, IN (IND) $367 57
39 Buffalo Niagara International, NY (BUF) $368 52
40 James M. Cox Dayton International, OH (DAY) $370 28
41 Albuquerque International, NM (ABQ) $371 92
42 William P. Hobby, TX (HOU) $371 50
43 Lovell Field, TN (CHA) $372 N/A
44 Dallas/Fort Worth International, TX (DFW) $372 25
45 Tampa International, FL (TPA) $381 79
46 Oklahoma, OK (OKC) $382 53
47 Des Moines International, IA (DSM) $384 31
48 Philadelphia International, PA (PHL) $386 47
49 Ontario International, CA (ONT) $388 27
50 Bishop International, MI (FNT) $391 16
51 Baltimore/Washington International, MD (BWI) $391 77
52 Reno-Tahoe International, NV (RNO) $396 34
53 Pensacola Regional, FL (PNS) $396 43
54 Austin-Bergstrom International, TX (AUS) $399 66
55 Lambert-St Louis International, MO (STL) $400 64
56 Los Angeles International, CA (LAX) $403 60
57 Gerald R. Ford International, MI (GRR) $404 41
58 Pittsburgh International, PA (PIT) $405 78
59 Jacksonville International, FL (JAX) $408 74
60 Raleigh-Durham International, NC (RDU) $409 63
61 Seattle – Tacoma International, WA (SEA) $409 75
62 Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (GSP) $409 46
63 George Bush Intercontinental, TX (IAH) $410 32
64 Phoenix Sky Harbor International, AZ (PHX) $413 86
65 Chicago-O’Hare International, IL (ORD) $413 40
66 Cleveland-Hopkins International, OH (CLE) $413 83
67 John Wayne/Orange County, CA (SNA) $414 11
68 Mahlon Sweet Field, OR (EUG) $414 N/A
69 Albany International, NY (ALB) $416 67
70 New Orleans International, LA (MSY) $417 73
71 Nashville International, TN (BNA) $417 80
72 Salt Lake City International, UT (SLC) $423 97
73 Atlanta International, GA (ATL) $426 91
74 Adams Field, AR (LIT) $428 59
75 Sacramento International Airport, CA (SMF) $429 76
76 Logan International, MA (BOS) $430 88
77 Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International, OH (CVG) $437 69
78 San Diego Intl-Lindbergh Field, CA (SAN) $443 55
79 Portland International, OR (PDX) $448 48
80 Miami International, FL (MIA) $451 99
81 San Francisco International, CA (SFO) $453 84
82 Piedmont Triad International, NC (GSO) $459 14
83 San Antonio International, TX (SAT) $470 62
84 Washington Dulles International (IAD) $479 100
85 Norfolk International, VA (ORF) $480 85
86 Spokane International, WA (GEG) $481 44
87 Birmingham International, AL (BHM) $484 89
88 Charlotte/Douglas International, NC (CLT) $484 94
89 Standiford Field, KY (SDF) $485 96
90 Dane County Rgnl-Truax Field, WI (MSN) $485 N/A
91 McGhee Tyson, TN (TYS) $500 22
92 Northwest Arkansas Regional, AR (XNA) $513 82
93 Anchorage International, AK (ANC) $521 87
94 Port Columbus International, OH (CMH) $524 81
95 Boise Air Terminal (Gowen Field), ID (BOI) $536 37
96 Southwest Florida International, FL (RSW) $562 98
97 El Paso International, TX (ELP) $568 49
98 John F. Kennedy International, NY (JFK) $581 95
99 Tulsa International, OK (TUL) $596 58
100 Newark International, NJ (EWR) $694 93
101 Honolulu International, HI (HNL) $842 101

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2014 Airport Affordability Report was last modified: July 17th, 2014 by Melisse Hinkle
Author: Melisse Hinkle (385 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.