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When you dream of traveling around the world, finding affordable airfare is essential.

There are some obvious factors that will play into how much you’ll pay for flights, such as whether you’re traveling during peak holiday season and whether you’re traveling on a weekend or midweek.

But did you know that the airport you choose to fly from can also significantly affect how much you’ll pay for your flights?

woman looking out the window at the airport

The United States Government Office of Transportation has released a new report titled “Average domestic airline itinerary fares by city of origin for 2022.”

This report demonstrated the wide disparity in airfares from city to city, with some airports averaging less than $100 and others averaging more than ten times that amount.

The average US domestic flight cost $378 in 2022, but as you’ll see below, the numbers vary wildly between airports.

An American airport terminal flying an American flag.

Here is everything you need to know about the cheapest airports to fly to in the US:

The 10 airports with the lowest average fares

There are many factors that will affect each airport’s airfare charges.

Cities with multiple airports tend to have more affordable fare offerings, for example, because they compete with each other for passengers, which helps keep costs down.

If you live in a place where there is only one airport within a radius of several hundred miles, then that airport will have a monopoly and free reign to charge much higher prices.

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A row of American Airlines planes at an airport

With this in mind, based on the average airfare paid by passengers in 2022, these are the ten cheapest airports to fly to:

  1. San Bernardino, CA, where the average airfare per traveler was $104.03.
  2. Santa Maria, CA, where the average airfare per traveler was $123.81.
  3. Provo, UT, where the average airfare per traveler was $134.84.
  4. Trenton, NJ, where the average airfare per traveler was $144.32.
  5. Concord, NC, where the average airfare per traveler was $145.04.
  6. Latrobe, PA, where the average airfare per traveler was $145.53.
  7. Newburgh/Poughkeepsie, NY, where the average airfare per traveler was $153.32.
  8. Sanford, FL, where the average airfare per traveler was $156.91.
  9. St Petersburg, FL, where the average airfare per traveler was $157.96.
  10. Punta Gorda, FL, where the average airfare per traveler was $159.83.

Why is this important?

While this may seem like a lot of dry statistics, this report is important because it shows how much airfares can fluctuate and reminds travelers to be smarter.

woman looking at flight board in airport

It’s important to shop around when shopping for airfare—you could find great savings just by traveling a couple of extra miles.

The average airfare from Los Angeles LAX is $438.87, for example, but if you rent a car anyway, or don’t mind traveling the 76 miles by train, taxi, or any other form of public transportation, then you could fly into the airport. of San Bernardino instead. Average prices are just $104.03 here, saving you just over $330.

A departure board at JFK International Airport

Another popular example is for those hoping to soak up the sun in Florida this summer.

Orlando International Airport is only 34 miles from Sanford Airport, but average flight prices are almost $120 more. You will pay, on average, $156.91 to fly from Sanford and $272.39 to fly from Orlando.

Sanford is not only cheaper, but it is also generally a quieter airport. Highlight that there are more than just financial benefits to traveling to smaller airports that you may not have used or heard of before.

A young family walking through an airport terminal with a plane in the background.

No matter where you plan to travel this summer, whether you’re on a tight budget or just want to save some money, don’t look for flights to just one airport. Search for flights to all hub airports close to your final destination to find the best possible price.

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