2016 Airport Affordability Report

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Airfare prices are constantly fluctuating and finding that elusive perfect time to book a flight is a little bit like finding a unicorn, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find extraordinary flight deals – you just need to know where to look.

Every year, Cheapflights does its research to bring you a cost ranking of 101 of the most-searched airports. Now in its seventh year, the index tracks the average airfare Cheapflights.com users found during the month of June to a common list of popular domestic and international destinations and compares it to the previous year’s ranking.

The 2016 Airport Affordability Index offers some interesting insights that should help savvy travelers plan smarter and save more in 2016 and beyond.

The most affordable airport this year was Long Beach Airport. This California airport has made the top spot twice in previous years and was #7 on our 2015 index. Claiming the #2 position is Dallas/Fort Worth International, which jumped 27 positions from last year’s list. Dallas/Fort Worth is a hub for American Airlines but also boasts a strong discount carrier presence, showing just how competitive airfare pricing benefits travelers.

One of the biggest takeaways from this year’s index is the overall drop in average airfare. Even the most expensive airports on the list have an average airfare that is $150 less than last year. However, travelers can save even more by comparing prices to or from nearby airports before booking a flight.

Flying into or out of SoCal? Before automatically booking flights to or from Los Angeles International (#32 this year), check out the fares from #1 Long Beach, a little more than 20 miles away. And East Coast travelers choosing New York’s LaGuardia over John F. Kennedy Airport can also reap the benefits of doing a little comparison shopping prior to booking.

The average airfare in June from LaGuardia Airport to Miami was $148 versus $222 from JFK. Similarly, the average fare in June to Seattle from LaGuardia was $289, while it was $315 from JFK. Fares to Dublin, Toronto and Honolulu were also cheaper when flying from LaGuardia.

With some of the most affordable flight prices in recent history, it’s a great time to plan your next adventure. Research is key to finding the best price, and with our Airport Affordability Index, you’re halfway there. Happy travels.

2016 Airport Affordability Index

Rank Airport Ave Airfare 2015 Rank
1 Long Beach (Daugherty Field), CA (LGB) $202 7
2 Dallas/Fort Worth International, TX (DFW) $203 29
3 LaGuardia, NY (LGA) $215 4
4 General Mitchell International, WI (MKE) $230 66
5 Minneapolis-St Paul International, MN (MSP) $237 22
6 Denver International, CO (DEN) $242 13
7 Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International, FL (FLL) $245 17
8 Chicago-O’Hare International, IL (ORD) $246 5
9 Atlanta International, GA (ATL) $249 2
10 Philadelphia International, PA (PHL) $253 6
11 William P. Hobby, TX (HOU) $254 32
12 Lehigh Valley International, PA (ABE) $258 73
13 Indianapolis International, IN (IND) $259 39
14 Pittsburgh International, PA (PIT) $259 80
15 Kansas City International, MO (MCI) $261 18
16 Metropolitan Oakland International, CA (OAK) $262 10
17 Orlando International, FL (MCO) $263 9
18 Cleveland-Hopkins International, OH (CLE) $264 8
19 Miami International, FL (MIA) $265 21
20 McCarran International, NV (LAS) $265 12
21 Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International, OH (CVG) $269 1
22 Port Columbus International, OH (CMH) $272 68
23 Louis Armstrong New Orleans International, LA (MSY) $273 30
24 Nashville International, TN (BNA) $273 79
25 Lambert-St Louis International, MO (STL) $282 20
26 George Bush Intercontinental, TX (IAH) $286 41
27 Seattle – Tacoma International, WA (SEA) $287 54
28 Memphis International, TN (MEM) $287 46
29 Charles B. Wheeler Downtown, MO (MKC) $290 51
30 Bishop International, MI (FNT) $290 N/A
31 John Wayne/Orange County, CA (SNA) $291 34
32 Los Angeles International, CA (LAX) $293 19
33 Austin-Bergstrom International, TX (AUS) $295 16
34 Logan International, MA (BOS) $297 53
35 San Diego Intl-Lindbergh Field, CA (SAN) $299 43
36 Salt Lake City International, UT (SLC) $302 44
37 Phoenix Sky Harbor International, AZ (PHX) $302 45
38 Tampa International, FL (TPA) $302 28
39 Colorado Springs Municipal, CO (COS) $303 N/A
40 Raleigh-Durham International, NC (RDU) $306 31
41 Reagan National (DCA) $309 14
42 Bob Hope Airport, CA (BUR) $311 15
43 San Francisco International, CA (SFO) $311 52
44 Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County, MI (DTW) $312 25
45 San Jose International, CA (SJC) $314 11
46 Charlotte/Douglas International, NC (CLT) $314 59
47 Akron-Canton Regional, OH (CAK) $318 40
48 Dallas Love Field, TX (DAL) $319 3
49 Newark Liberty International, NJ (EWR) $319 24
50 Baltimore/Washington International, MD (BWI) $321 26
51 Gerald R. Ford International, MI (GRR) $322 72
52 Manchester, NH (MHT) $322 47
53 Charleston International, SC (CHS) $322 37
54 Bradley International, CT (BDL) $328 23
55 Portland International, OR (PDX) $328 50
56 San Antonio International, TX (SAT) $332 71
57 Eppley Airfield, NE (OMA) $336 56
58 Piedmont Triad International, NC (GSO) $336 69
59 Palm Beach International, FL (PBI) $337 61
60 Myrtle Beach International, SC (MYR) $337 9
61 Washington Dulles International (IAD) $344 65
62 Sioux Falls Regional, SD (FSD) $346 N/A
63 Columbia Metropolitan, SC (CAE) $354 N/A
64 Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport, KS (ICT) $355 87
65 Reno-Tahoe International, NV (RNO) $361 70
66 Buffalo Niagara International, NY (BUF) $361 35
67 Richmond International, VA (RIC) $363 48
68 El Paso International, TX (ELP) $364 95
69 Des Moines International, IA (DSM) $365 82
70 Theodore Francis Green State, RI (PVD) $366 27
71 Ontario International, CA (ONT) $369 55
72 Jacksonville International, FL (JAX) $369 63
73 Tucson International, AZ (TUS) $378 74
74 Portland Int’l Jetport, ME (PWM) $385 92
75 Spokane International, WA (GEG) $397 84
76 Boise Air Terminal (Gowen Field), ID (BOI) $400 85
77 Syracuse Hancock International, NY (SYR) $401 62
78 Albany International, NY (ALB) $405 86
79 Greater Rochester International, NY (ROC) $405 49
80 Southwest Florida International, FL (RSW) $408 67
81 Greenville-Spartanburg International, SC (GSP) $408 98
82 Birmingham International, AL (BHM) $414 81
83 Fresno Air Terminal, CA (FAT) $415 78
84 Standiford Field, KY (SDF) $417 90
85 Blue Grass, KY (LEX) $420 N/A
86 Harrisburg International, PA (MDT) $421 N/A
87 Tulsa International, OK (TUL) $429 77
88 Albuquerque International, NM (ABQ) $429 75
89 Norfolk International, VA (ORF) $432 76
90 Adams Field, AR (LIT) $436 91
91 Will Rogers, OK (OKC) $437 88
92 James M. Cox Dayton International, OH (DAY) $439 97
93 Kahului, HI (OGG) $444 33
94 Yeager, WV (CRW) $454 100
95 John F. Kennedy International, NY (JFK) $454 64
96 Anchorage International, AK (ANC) $492 96
97 Sacramento International Airport, CA (SMF) $493 42
98 Pensacola Regional, FL (PNS) $498 93
99 Northwest Arkansas Regional, AR (XNA) $536 99
100 McGhee Tyson, TN (TYS) $543 94
101 Honolulu International, HI (HNL) $641 101

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2016 Airport Affordability Report was last modified: August 1st, 2016 by Amanda Festa
Author: Amanda Festa (395 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.