Which U.S. airports are the cheapest and most expensive to depart from?

Airline tickets can be expensive. But if you’re lucky enough to live in one of the following metropolitan areas, airfare can be downright affordable! Here’s which U.S. airports are a bargain and which ones will set you back a pretty penny.

Which U.S. airports are the cheapest to fly from?

A new report from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics tells us the average round trip flight cost* out of the top 10 cheapest airports is under $150. The cheapest airport is in San Bernardino, California, with an average ticket price of just $98.

Cheapest Airports

  1. San Bernardino (SBD)
  2. Santa Maria, California (SMX)
  3.  Ogden, Utah (OGD)
  4.  Provo, Utah (PVU)
  5. Stockton, California (SCK)
  6. Concord, North Carolina (USC)
  7. Fort Collins/Loveland, Colorado (FNL)
  8. Wilmington, Delaware (ILG)
  9. Trenton, New Jersey (TTN)
  10. Hagerstown, Maryland (HGR)

Which airports are the most expensive to fly from?

At the other end of the spectrum, the nation’s most expensive airports to depart from are dominated by tiny airports in Alaska. In fact, 8 of the top 10 are not in the lower 48 (7 are in Alaska and one in Hawaii). The most expensive airport is in Aniak, Alaska – a tiny hamlet near the Bering Sea (population 501). If you find yourself needing to catch a flight out of Aniak, it will set you back $1,733. The 5 most expensive cities will set you back north of $1,000, and the 6th to 10th most expensive cities land between $850-$993. Luckily, most of us won’t find ourselves anytime soon in Unalaska, Alaska (a tiny slip of an isle that’s part of the Aleutians in the Bering Sea). 

Most expensive airports

  1. Aniak, Alaska (ANI) 
  2. Guam (GUM) 
  3. Unalaska, Alaska (DUT)
  4. Pago Pago, American Samoa (PPG)
  5. Sandpoint, Alaska (SDG) 
  6. St. Paul, Alaska (AK)
  7. St. Mary’s, Alaska (AK)
  8. Lanai (HI)
  9. Cold Bay, Alaska (AK)
  10. Adak Island, Alaska (AK)


*Average fares are based on domestic itinerary fares, round-trip or one-way for which no return is purchased. Fares are based on the total ticket value which consists of the price charged by the airlines plus any additional taxes and fees levied by an outside entity at the time of purchase. Fares include only the price paid at the time of the ticket purchase and do not include other fees, such as baggage fees, paid at the airport or onboard the aircraft.

CheapAir,com also analyzed domestic airfares from over 70 U.S. cities. See where your hometown stacks up. And as always, happy travels!

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