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Study reveals U.S. airports with the most expensive airfare

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Overall, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) in Washington, D.C., saw the biggest jump in our rankings, rising 15 spots to reach number 24 on the list.

Summertime is typically when Americans plan to take their vacations. With rising fuel and flight prices, many may be reconsidering their getaways. However, there are ways to save when planning for flights, including adjusting the airport you fly out of. 

FinanceBuzz looked at average domestic airfares from the 45 busiest airports in the U.S. to learn which airports are best for travelers on a budget, as well as which ones to avoid if you are trying to travel affordably. 

Here’s a breakdown of the 5 least expensive airports to fly out of:

Rank

Airport

State

Avg airfare

1

Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL)

FL

$233.36

2

Orlando International Airport (MCO)

FL

$241.01

3

Harry Reid International Airport (LAS)

NV

$247.53

4

Miami International Airport (MIA)

FL

$263.76

5

Tampa International Airport (TPA)

FL

$270.88

Likewise, the most expensive airports include:

Rank

Airport

State

Avg airfare

40

Charlotte/Douglas International Airport (CLT)

NC

$356.60

41

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)

NY

$360.94

42

Portland International Airport (PDX)

OR

$364.40

43

Detroit Metro Airport (DTW)

MI

$366.33

44

San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

CA

$400.66

45

Dulles International Airport (IAD)

DC

$408.08

Overall, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) in Washington, D.C., saw the biggest jump in our rankings, rising 15 spots to reach number 24 on the list. On the other hand, San Diego International Airport (SAN) fell the farthest in our rankings compared to last year, tumbling from 21 to 38 due to an average fare increase of $69.75. 

Among all 45 airports analyzed, only one saw fares decrease in the last year, dropping by just $2.06 – Miami International Airport (MIA). 

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