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July 19, 2011 10:39 ET

Cheapflights.com Releases 2011 Annual Airport Affordability Report

Ranks 101 Most Popular US Airports on Average Airfares to Top Destinations

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - Jul 19, 2011) - After surveying its vast airfare inventory, Cheapflights.com, the online leader in publishing travel deals, has ranked the 101 most popular US airports on their affordability. The airport affordability list, compiled by computing the average airfare users found on our site during the month of June 2011 from each airport to the most popular domestic and international destinations, showcases how broadly flight prices range by region and even by airport.

"Part of being a savvy traveler is knowing the baseline for airfare prices," said Lauren Sullivan, site editor of Cheapflights.com. "Our airport affordability report helps travelers see how the airports in their region stack up in terms of flight prices and reminds them they have options, often lower priced options, for both departure and destinations points. The message is always to do your homework, be flexible about your choice of airport and know enough about airfares that you can spot a deal quickly and act on it."

Of the 101 most searched airports, below are the 10 with the lowest average airfare, including taxes, for travel to the most popular destinations:

Rank Airport Average Airfare
1 Long Beach (Daugherty Field), CA (LGB) $223
2 Bob Hope Airport, CA (BUR) $248
3 General Mitchell International, WI (MKE) $274
4 Lehigh Valley, PA (ABE) $280
5 John Wayne/Orange County, CA (SNA) $288
6 William P. Hobby, TX (HOU) $294
7 Newport News/Williamsburg International, VA (PHF) $300
8 Bishop International, MI (FNT) $301
9 Metropolitan Oakland International, CA (OAK) $305
10 Bellingham International, WA (BLI) $311

On the flip side, these 10 airports had the highest average prices, including taxes, to the same destinations:

Rank Airport Average Airfare
92 Portland International, OR (PDX) $481
93 Adams Field, AR (LIT) $486
94 Jackson International, MS (JAN) $490
95 Birmingham International, AL (BHM) $491
96 San Francisco International, CA (SFO) $511
97 Washington Dulles International (IAD) $515
98 Detroit City, MI (DET) $534
99 John F. Kennedy International, NY (JFK) $568
100 Anchorage International, AK (ANC) $639
101 Honolulu International, HI (HNL) $667

Methodology

Cheapflights.com compiled this ranking based on user searches during the month of June 2011. The airports ranked were the 101 most searched airports and the average airfares were calculated using the flight prices our users found to the most popular domestic destinations, including Las Vegas, Orlando, Honolulu, Atlanta, Denver, New York and Miami, and international destinations, including Rome, Paris, Cancun, Manila and London Heathrow.

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

Check out last year's ranking, based on the average airfare on all routes served by each of the 101 most popular airports.

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