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The 5 Most And Least Expensive U.S. Airports To Fly Out Of

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Which airports in the United States are the most expensive (and least expensive) to fly out of?

Data from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation reveals the answer. This new data shows the average cost of domestic airfare from the airports with the highest number of domestic passengers in the U.S.

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It was calculated based on flight data from Q3 of 2022, which is the most recent data released by the agency.

For the purpose of the ranking below, we have taken the 20 busiest airports with the highest number of domestic passengers to create this list.

Here are the most expensive (and cheapest) airports to fly out of in the United States:

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Top 5 Most Expensive Airports In The U.S. To Fly Out Of

These are the most expensive airports in the United States based on average airfare for departing domestic flights:

1. San Francisco, California (SFO)

San Francisco tops the list of priciest airfare with an average ticket cost of $467.15 for domestic flights.

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San Francisco Airport

2. Detroit, Michigan (DTW)

Next up is Detroit, where the average cost of a domestic flight departing from this airport is a sky-high $432.99.

3. Los Angeles, California (LAX)

Another California city is in the top three airports for the priciest airfare, and that is Los Angeles. On average, domestic airfare for flights departing from the city’s main airport LAX cost $431.94.

4. Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas (DFW)

DFW is a busy airport serving the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth in Texas. It also clocks in at $431.89 for the average cost of a domestic flight.

5. Seattle, Washington (SEA)

Finally, one of the most expensive cities to fly out of in the United States is Seattle. This rainy city has an average ticket cost of $426.17.

Exterior Of Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Dallas Fort Worth, Texas, United States

Top 5 Least Expensive Airports In The U.S. To Fly Out Of

These are the cheapest airports in the United States based on average airfare for departing domestic flights:

1. Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS)

The cheapest airport to fly out of in the United States is Las Vegas. The average airfare price for Sin City is just $255.73.

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOV 13: Scene at McCarran International Airport on November 13, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The airport has since been renamed Harry Reid International Airport.

2. Orlando, Florida (MCO)

Orlando is another city with cheap airfare. The average price of domestic flights departing MCO is only $275.70.

3. Fort Lauderdale, Florida (FLL)

Next up on this list of the least expensive airports to fly out of is another Florida airport. The average airfare for a domestic flight from Fort Lauderdale is $278.95.

4. New York, New York (LGA)

The Big Apple may be an expensive city, but its main domestic airport, LaGuardia, has some good deals on airfare. The average price of domestic flights from New York’s LGA is $313.53.

walkway and natural light at new Terminal C LaGuardia Airport

5. Denver, Colorado (DEN)

Last on this list of the cheapest airports in the U.S. is Denver. Airfare for domestic flights from DEN costs, on average, $345.53.

More Expensive And Cheap Airports In The U.S.

The list above was taken from the 20 busiest airports with the highest number of domestic passengers in the United States.

However, the U.S. Bureau of Transportation collected data from more than 430 commercial airports in the United States. Some smaller regional airports have even more expensive (or cheaper) average airfare prices.

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Many of the most expensive are tiny airports in the remote Alaskan bush or overseas territories like Guam or American Samoa.

Here’s a look at 5 expensive, small airports in the United States and their average domestic airfare:

  • Dothan, Alabama (DHN): $805.43
  • Aspen, Colorado (ASE): $730.20
  • Eagle, Colorado (EGE): $727.25
  • Aberdeen, South Dakota (ABR): $724.40
  • Valdosta, Georgia (VLD): $712.19

Some smaller regional airports are also cheaper to fly out of, although you may face limited service and routes.

Here are 5 cheap, small airports in the U.S. and their average domestic airfare:

  • San Bernardino, California (SBD): $86.18
  • Provo, Utah (PVU): $114.36
  • Stockton, California (SCK): $122.03
  • Columbus, Ohio (LCK): $145.08
  • St. Petersburg, Florida (PIE): $147.30

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Michael Z, NYC USA

Friday 20th of January 2023

Wow - a big surprise that JFK NY wasn't in the top #5. Thanks for the info, Dale.