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July 17, 2012 10:03 ET

Cheapflights.com Releases Its 3rd Annual Airport Affordability Report

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

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - Jul 17, 2012) - Pulling from its deep database of airfare searches, Cheapflights.com, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, has ranked the 101 most popular US airports based on their airfare affordability. The 2012 Airport Affordability Index is the third edition of an annual survey measuring the actual airfares users found when searching for deals to the most popular domestic and international destinations during the month of June.

The 2012 Airport Affordability Index reflects a few key trends. The entire top 10 comprises alternative and/or small market airports, which should serve as a reminder for fliers to cast a wide net on both ends of a journey when researching flight prices. You might find, as our users did, that the average airfare to Honolulu is $150 less from Oakland than San Francisco, or that a flight from Fresno to Paris averages $125 less than it does out of San Francisco.

This year, we added a column to show how rankings have changed since last year. While there is only minor movement in rankings at the very top and bottom of the list, airports like Manchester, NH, and Albany International, NY, jumped close to 40 spots while Dallas Love Field and Kansas City International dropped more than 50 places in the ranking. Just as there were some jumps in rankings, there were some swings in average airfares. The impression might be that there is an overall increase in flight prices, but a deeper dive shows that, while airfares are up on some routes, they are down on others compared to 2011's numbers. The takeaway is that airfares are very local and fluctuate regularly.

"Each year our Airport Affordability Index serves as a reminder that travelers have options and that saving money can be as simple as driving an hour or two at one end of a flight or the other," said Lauren Sullivan, editor at Cheapflights.com. "As always, we view this report as a baseline for people looking to see how their favorite airports stack up and as a reminder for them to do their homework, compare options and act quickly when they find a deal."

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

             
Rank   Airport   Average Airfare   2011 Ranking
1   Bob Hope Airport, CA (BUR)   $221   2
2   Long Beach (Daugherty Field), CA (LGB)   $250   1
3   Fresno Air Terminal, CA (FAT)   $290   26
4   Harrisburg International, PA (MDT)   $304   N/A
5   Lehigh Valley, PA (ABE)   $307   4
6   John Wayne/Orange County, CA (SNA)   $316   5
7   White Plains, NY (HPN)   $324   N/A
8   Metropolitan Oakland International, CA (OAK)   $330   9
9   Chicago Midway, IL (MDW)   $339   40
10   Bellingham International, WA (BLI)   $342   10
             

On the flip side, our users found the highest average roundtrip prices, including taxes, at these 10 airports:

             
Rank   Airport   Average Airfare   2011 Ranking
92   Colorado Springs Municipal, CO (COS)   $649   60
93   Cleveland-Hopkins International, OH (CLE)   $650   63
94   Boise Air Terminal (Gowen Field), ID (BOI)   $660   70
95   Washington Dulles International (IAD)   $662   97
96   Birmingham International, AL (BHM)   $667   95
97   John F. Kennedy International, NY (JFK)   $678   99
98   Kahului, HI (OGG)   $712   N/A
99   Charleston International, SC (CHS)   $717   66
100   Honolulu International, HI (HNL)   $854   101
101   Anchorage International, AK (ANC)   $964   100
             

Methodology
Cheapflights.com compiled this ranking based on user searches during the month of June 2012. 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 San Francisco, and international destinations, including Rome, Paris, Cancun, Manila, Toronto and London.

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-2012/.

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