Most affordable European airports for US travelers

We’ve taken our Airport Affordability Index international! It’s great to know how U.S. airports stack up, but 2015 is the year of the strong dollar and great overseas buying power. So we have done another data deep dive and compared the average airfares (round trip and including taxes) to the 25 European airports our users search the most in the first three months of the year. We calculated the average airfare based on flight prices from almost two dozen airports in cities across the U.S.

First off, the average were all below $1000. So this may be the summer of the European vacation. And, if Ireland, Italy or Spain are on your bucket list, we have even better news. Six of the eight most affordable airports where in those three countries. In addition, showing that alternative airports can be, well,  a good alternative in Europe too, Paris’ Orly Airport is number two on the list, besting the bigger and busier Charles De Gualle. And London’s Gatwick certainly has the potential to deliver better deals than Heathrow. These airports may require a stop over, but imagine a day in Lisbon or Madrid thrown in as part of the deal.

As is always the case, these airfares are snapshot, and prices will vary with exact dates and departure points. However, we are here to show you that travel comparison matters and that, with a little homework and flexibility, you may be able to go farther than you ever thought.

Take a peak and see what we mean:

 1 Dublin, Ireland  (DUB) $620
2 Orly, (Paris) France  (ORY) $694
3 Capodichino, (Naples) Italy  (NAP) $694
4 Malpensa, (Milan) Italy  (MXP) $694
5 Warsaw Chopin, Poland  (WAW) $706
6 Madrid-Barajas, Spain  (MAD) $710
7 Barcelona International, Spain (BCN) $717
8 Shannon, Ireland  (SNN) $722
9 Schiphol, (Amsterdam) Netherlands (AMS) $729
10 Lisbon Portela, Portugal  (LIS) $737
11 Charles de Gaulle, (Paris) France (CDG) $738
12 Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino, (Rome) Italy  (FCO) $739
13 Eleftherios Venizelos, (Athens) Greece (ATH) $742
14 Gatwick, (London) UK (LGW) $750
15 Brussels Airport, Belgium (BRU) $763
16 Berlin Schoenefeld, Germany (SXF) $770
17 Venice Marco Polo (Tessera), Italy (VCE) $784
18 Zurich-Kloten, Switzerland (ZRH) $785
19 Franz Josef Strauß, (Munich) Germany  (MUC) $821
20 Manchester International, UK (MAN) $870
21 Frankfurt International, Germany (FRA) $886
22 Edinburgh, Scotland  (EDI) $887
23 Keflavik, (Reykjavik) Iceland  (KEF) $922
24 Glasgow International, Scotland  (GLA) $936
25 Heathrow, (London) UK (LHR) $941


Featured image: xlibber

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