SOURCE: Cheapflights Canada

Cheapflights Canada

September 15, 2011 14:23 ET

Cheapflights.ca Releases 2011 Airport Affordability Rankings

Reports Average Airfares to Key Destinations for Top 20 Canadian and US Border Airports

TORONTO--(Marketwire - Sep 15, 2011) - After surveying its vast airfare inventory, Cheapflights.ca, the online leader in publishing travel deals, has ranked the 20 most popular Canadian and US border airports based on their affordability. Cheapflights.ca's Airport Affordability Rankings, compiled by computing the average airfare users found on our site during the month of August 2011 from each airport to the most popular domestic and international destinations, showcases how broadly flight prices range by region.

"Airfares are a little like real estate," said Lauren Sullivan, Cheapflights.ca site editor. "What you pay is determined, in many ways, by where you live or the location you want. When planning a trip, it's key to know how your departure or destination point stacks up. If you have the flexibility to try a different airport, especially a US border airport, you may see a payoff."

Below are the Cheapflights.ca rankings of the 20 airports with the average airfare, including taxes, for travel to the most popular destinations:

Rank Airport Average Airfare
1 Bellingham International, WA (BLI) --
(Alternate airport for Vancouver)
$C 285
2 Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County, MI (DTW) -- (Alternate airport for Southwestern Ontario) $C 380
3 Burlington International, VT (BTV) --
(Alternate airport for Montreal)
$C 394
4 Kelowna (YLW) $C 415
5 Québec (YQB) $C 454
6 Regina (YQR) $C 456
7 Buffalo Niagara International, NY (BUF) --
(Alternate airport for Toronto)
$C 471
8 Halifax International (YHZ) $C 488
9 Victoria International (YYJ) $C 489
10 Moncton (YQM) $C 492
11 Ottawa - Macdonald-Cartier International (YOW) $C 494
12 Edmonton International (YEG) $C 502
13 Winnipeg International (YWG) $C 519
14 Calgary International (YYC) $C 525
15 Montréal - Pierre Elliott Trudeau (YUL) $C 527
16 Vancouver International (YVR) $C 530
17 Saskatoon (YXE) $C 534
18 Lester B. Pearson International (YYZ) $C 543
19 London (YXU) $C 560
20 St John's (YYT) $C 593

Cheapflights.ca's sister site in the US, Cheapflights.com, has also compiled an Airport Affordability Rankings featuring the average airfare to key destinations for the 101 most popular airports in the US. As many Canadians travel to, from and within the US, this report can be an additional useful guide for researching flight deals.

Methodology
Cheapflights.ca compiled this ranking based on user searches during the month of August 2011. The airports ranked were the 20 most searched Canadian and US border airports and the average airfares were calculated using the flight prices our users found to the most popular destinations, including Montreal, Miami, Los Angeles, London, Bangkok and Cancun.

To see Cheapflights.ca's full list of the 20 airports ranked on affordability, visit www.cheapflights.ca/promos/2011-airport-affordability-ranking/.

To check out Cheapflights.com's full list of the 101 airports ranked on affordability, visit www.cheapflights.com/promos/101-airports-ranked-on-affordability-2011/.

About Cheapflights Media
Cheapflights Media is an international media network helping over 11 million visitors a month find top travel deals. Our Cheapflights brand was launched in 1996 and pioneered the online comparison of flight deals for users. Today, users compare a wide range of deals from hundreds of partners including online travel agents, consolidators and airlines to find the very best flight deals. With a mission to be the starting point for travel, Cheapflights works to deliver the industry's best airfare bargains, expert tips and inspiration. There are currently Cheapflights sites in the U.K., U.S., Canada, Germany, Australia & New Zealand, France, Italy and Spain. For more information, visit www.cheapflights.ca. Our newest brand, Momondo, is a leading travel search engine for finding comprehensive worldwide pricing and availability on airfares. Winner of several awards, the site is ideal for users on specific travel schedules. For more information, visit www.momondo.com.

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