Sorry, Cincinnati – but according to the Dept. of Transportation’s latest statistics, you were the most expensive airport to fly in or out of – based on second-quarter average fares.
The number-crunchers at the BTS looked at the top 100 airports, and found the highest fares at: Cincinnati, Ohio, followed by Greenville/Spartanburg, SC; Knoxville, TN; Madison, WI; and Grand Rapids, MI.
The lowest fares: Burbank, CA; Houston Hobby; Chicago Midway; Oakland, CA – and the lowest of all – Dallas’ Love Field, the home of Southwest. No surprise there.
Also noted in the BTS Press Release: Atlantic City, NJ, was not included in this report because of the discovery of “incorrect data” in a July report (Spirit Airlines misreported). I remember that report – and I made my concerns about that data known to DOT folks – when I wrote the following:
“This nonsense about Atlantic City being the cheapest city…95+% of all traffic to/from Atlantic City is on Spirit Airlines which specializes in $9 fares and only has service from Tampa, Ft. Myers, Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm and Myrtle Beach – hardly a representative sample for the cheapest city claim.” –Rick Seaney, FareCompare.com
I’ll be processing the raw data that generated these BTS stats over the weekend, to compare it with our history. And I’ll let you know what I find out.