These Are the Cheapest and Most Expensive Airports to Fly Out of

Not all airports are created equal.

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There are plenty of ways to make cheap travel happen. You can travel in a group to split hotel costs, optimize when you purchase your flight tickets to lower ticket prices and follow every travel budget hack there is. One of the things that can be a little harder to hack is which airport you fly out of. Depending on where you live, you may only be able to fly out of just one airport, or your destination limits the number of options you have.

CivMetrics, a nonprofit journalism organization, collected the average flight costs for the nation’s 100 busiest airports, based on Q3 2022 data from the Bureau of Transportation Services. The 10 most expensive airports are listed below, and you can find a data graph including the average price at each airport.

1. Ted Stevens Anchorage International, Anchorage, Alaska
2. Dane County Regional-Truax Field, Madison, Wisconsin
3. Washington Dulles International, Washington-Dulles DC
4. Greenville-Spartanburg International, Greer South Carolina
5. Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Birmingham, Alabama
6. Piedmont Triad International, Greensboro/High Point, North Carolina
7. San Francisco International, San Francisco
8. Charlotte Douglas International Charlotte, North Carolina
9. Pensacola International Pensacola, Florida
10. Portland International, Portland, Oregon

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Courtesy of CivMetrics
Courtesy of CivMetrics

The airports with the cheapest average flight fare in the United States are listed below:

1. Metro Oakland International, Oakland, California
2. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
3. Bob Hope, Burbank, California
4. Orlando International, Orlando
5. Kahului Airport, Kahului, Hawaii
6. Ellison Onizuka Kona International at Keahole, Kona, Hawaii
7. Harry Reid International. Las Vegas
8. Myrtle Beach International, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
9. Orlando Sanford International, Sanford, Florida
10. St. Pete Clearwater International, St. Petersburg, Florida

Courtesy of CivMetrics
Courtesy of CivMetrics
Courtesy of CivMetrics

This information might not guarantee that you will always be able to buy cheap flight tickets, but in the world of trip planning, knowing which airports cost more or less to fly out of is always helpful to have in one’s travel arsenal. For instance, Newark Airport ranks just above JFK in terms of average ticket cost. You can explore the complete study at

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Opheli Garcia Lawler is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @opheligarcia and Instagram @opheligarcia.


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