SOURCE: Cheapflights Canada

Cheapflights Canada

September 13, 2012 10:52 ET

Cheapflights.ca Rolls Out Its Second Annual Airport Affordability Index

Ranks Top 20 Canadian and US Border Airports on Average Airfares to Popular Destinations

TORONTO--(Marketwire - Sep 13, 2012) - For the second year, after pulling from its vast database of airfare searches, Cheapflights.ca, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, has ranked the 20 most popular Canadian and US border airports based on their affordability. Cheapflights.ca's 2012 Airport Affordability Index is compiled by computing the average airfare users found on its site during the month of August 2012 from each airport to the most popular domestic and international destinations.

"Airfares are incredibly fluid, so it's important to find a way to look at relative costs for travellers," said Lauren Sullivan, editor at Cheapflights.ca. "Our annual Airport Affordability Index is a snapshot that shows how airports stack up against each other and, now, how they compare year over year. Of course we are talking averages, and we know that deals can be found at any airport. Our advice, as always, is to do your homework and be prepared to act when you find a great price."

This year, Cheapflights.ca's report includes an additional column to show how rankings have changed since last year. Once again, the first and second spots on the list are Bellingham International and Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County -- both US border airports. Another US border Airport, Buffalo Niagara International, jumped four spots to take the third position in the list. The biggest jump in the list was Saskatoon Airport, which moved up 11 spots to sixth position. 

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

Ranking   Airport   2012 Ave. Airfare   2011 Rank
1   Bellingham International, WA (BLI)   C$285   1
2   Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County, MI (DTW)   C$380   2
3   Buffalo Niagara International, NY (BUF)   C$403   7
4   Moncton (YQM)   C$459   10
5   Quebec (YQB)   C$469   5
6   Saskatoon (YXE)   C$471   17
7   Regina (YQR)   C$485   6
8   Kelowna (YLW)   C$493   4
9   Burlington International, VT (BTV)   C$497   3
10   Victoria International (YYJ)   C$524   9
11   Winnipeg International (YWG)   C$533   13
12   Edmonton International (YEG)   C$559   12
13   Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International (YOW)   C$569   11
14   Halifax International (YHZ)   C$602   8
15   Calgary International (YYC)   C$621   14
16   Montréal - Pierre Elliott Trudeau (YUL)   C$648   15
17   Hamilton (YHM)   C$664   N/A
18   St John's (YYT)   C$664   20
19   Vancouver International (YVR)   C$680   16
20   Toronto Lester B. Pearson International (YYZ)   C$698   18

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 2012. 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/2012-airport-affordability-index/

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-2012/.

About Cheapflights Media
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