NEW YORK- SmartAsset, a financial advisory website, conducted a comparison using data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics to assess the average cost of domestic flights departing from 72 major United States (US) airports with more than 100,000 passengers.
Surprisingly, the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in Alaska emerged as the most expensive airport for domestic flights in the United States.
US Airports Cost Rankings
SmartAsset’s analysis revealed that airfares at this Alaskan airport experienced an 11.61% change from the first quarter of 2022 to the first quarter of 2023.
The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport serves an impressive five million passengers each year. As noted on the airport’s website, it plays a vital role in supporting around 15,577 jobs within the airport and the local community, amounting to one in every ten jobs in Anchorage, Alaska.
10 Most Expensive Airports
The list of the top 10 most expensive U.S. airports to depart from includes:
- Ted Stevens Anchorage International (ANC)
- Washington Dulles International, Washington D.C. (IAD)
- Minneapolis-St Paul International (MSP)
- Charlotte Douglas International (CLT)
- Salt Lake City International (SLC)
- Detroit Metro Wayne County (DTW)
- Will Rogers World (OKC)
- Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW)
- Gerald R. Ford International (GRR)
- Norfolk International (NIT)
Ranked as the second most expensive airport for domestic travel in the U.S., Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) experienced a notable 16.69% surge in domestic airfares, increasing from an average of $417.78 to $487.49.
The U.S. Department of Transportation highlights that Dulles boasts the highest international passenger traffic among Mid-Atlantic airports, excluding New York City.
10 Least Expensive Airports
The list of the 10 most affordable U.S. airports to depart from includes:
- Harry Reid International (LAS)
- Kahului Airport (OGG)
- Orlando International (MCO)
- Metro Oakland International (OAK)
- Hollywood Burbank (BUR)
- Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL)
- Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International (SJC)
- Luis Munoz Marin International (SJU)
- Chicago Midway International (MDW)
- LaGuardia (LGA)
Notably, Harry Reid International in Las Vegas, Nevada, claims the title of the most budget-friendly airport for U.S. travel.
Domestic flights departing from this airport averaged $269.92 in the first quarter of 2023, reflecting a 12.57% increase year-over-year from $239.77 in the first quarter of 2022.
Harry Reid International, formerly known as McCarran International Airport, serves the Las Vegas area and operates as a base for Allegiant Air, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and Spirit Airlines.
Ranking as the second most economical airport to fly out of, Kahului Airport in Maui, Hawaii, spans 1,391 acres and sits three miles east of Kahului. In the first quarter of 2023, the average airfare at Kahului Airport was $271.69, marking a 2.78% decrease from the Q1 2022 average price of $279.46.
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