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These 6 U.S. Airports Have Seen The Biggest Increase In Airfare, According To New Report

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Costs are always on the mind of travelers. We always have to factor in a variety of expenses before packing our bags.

Airfare is usually the biggest hurdle to jump in terms of budgeting unless you opt for the ultimate boujee getaway at the finest all-inclusive resorts.

woman looking out window at airport

Then you might break the bank on your stay rather than your flight. For those who fly out of the following 6 airports, they may experience a significant increase in airfare this year.

A recent report from FinanceBuzz, showed how airfare has been impacted thus far in 2023 by comparing data from 2022 and the United States Department of Transportation (DOT).

They analyzed the busiest 45 airports in the U.S. and determined the following 6 airports have shown the biggest increase in airfare:

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP)

Travelers looking to visit the Land of 10,000 Lakes might second guess themselves after seeing these numbers.

sun country plane at MSP

This airport came in ranked 30th last year in terms of affordable airports but dropped to 35th place for 2023.

The average price for airfare out of MSP is $408.51. This is roughly a $70 difference compared to what flights cost last year.

Ironically, MSP is the main hub of a low-cost carrier that flies to many popular sunny destinations.

Tampa International Airport (TPA)

Those looking for a Florida getaway might opt for another airport rather than fly into TPA. Like Minneapolis, Tampa also dropped 5 places in affordability rankings compared to last year.

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Tampa airport entrance

Believe it or not, TPA was in the top 5 most affordable airports. This year, they remain in the top 10 by a hair, just ahead of Love Field by less than a dollar.

The average flight costs $328.84, with a jump in price of $57.96 compared to 2022. Maybe this is why Tom Brady finally retired after all.

Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)

One of the biggest metropolises in America is home to 2 airports. ORD, or commonly referred to as O'Hare, is the bigger of the 2, with many more flight options.

plane at o'hare airport

More flight options doesn't equate to less costs, at least in this case. O'Hare has seen significant price increases for flights this year.

Chicago's largest airport currently ranks 20th overall in affordability, but they were in 14th place last year.

That means O'Hare dropped 6 places due to the $63.31 change in average airfare, which is $373.01 as of the report.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)

Georgia's largest city is home to one of America's busiest airports, as it serves as a major hub. Just under 94 million passengers went through ATL last year!

interior of Atlanta airport

Yet again, busy or big doesn't equate to less costs in this case either. Last year, Atlanta was ranked 23rd in the U.S. for affordable airports.

Now, they have dropped 7 spots ranking 30th. The average airfare this year comes out to $393.80, with an increase of $65.81 from 2022.

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)

Everything is bigger in Texas, especially airfare in this instance. Dallas-Fort Worth has seen one of the largest spikes in airfare out the 45 busiest airports in America.

So whether you come here to experience Dallas, Fort Worth, or both, you might want to think twice before pressing the “buy” button.

Dallas skyline

Unlike Dallas's sister airport, Love Field, which ranks 11th overall in affordability, DFW is at the bottom of the barrel at 40th place.

The average airfare is $420.36, with an increase of $82.12 on average compared to last year. Those looking to fly in or out of central Texas might want to check Southwest, the main airline of Love Field.

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)

New York City's unofficial third airport has seen the largest increase in airfare out of all U.S. airports. That would be Newark, New Jersey to be politically correct.

Serving as a loophole to primarily serve as a gateway to New York City, Newark is not the most convenient option due to its location and the cost of airfare.

Newark airport drop-off

The average airfare this year is $403.22, with a difference of $71.53 in 2022. That explains why they dropped 9 places to 34th overall in affordable airports.

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Michael Z (Midtown NYC)

Wednesday 28th of June 2023

Thanks for the goods, Sam - that JFK isn't ranked in the top 6 but maybe #7? You are right on the mark about EWR. Congested traffic getting from Newark Airport into Manhattan and from NYC to EWR is very time consuming and costly including tolls. Best option is the take the bus and leave the driving to the driver ofthe shuttle bus company. A taxi is costly.