BWI airfares remain among the lowest in the nation

May 04, 2011|By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman | The Baltimore Sun

Newsflash: Airfares are up. Ok, so you’re not surprised but you are feeling a hot flash of excitement. Know why? Because according to a Bureau of Transportation Statistics report released today, airfares at Baltimore Washington Thurgood International Airport are among the lowest in the nation.

In the ranking of the Top 100 Airports, BWI came in at no. 83 with an average domestic airfare of $284, compared with the national average of $337 in the last quarter of 2010. The BTS reports that the average domestic airfare was up 5.2 percent compared with the same time period in 2009 when the average was $320. The all-time high is $359.

That doesn’t mean airfares at BWI aren’t higher than they used to be, because they are.

Fares at BWI were up 5.9 percent, slightly more than the national average. But over the past decade, BWI fares have risen only 2.6 percent.

(If you take inflation into account, airfares have actually dropped. But I don’t do that kind of math. You can read it here.)

Highest average airfares were in Newark, Charleston, Fresno, Calif., Des Moines and Cincinnati. Lowest were in Atlantic City, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers and Long Beach, Calif.

Overall, the Greater Washington/Baltimore corridor was among the regions with the highest airfares, thanks to Dulles International, which came in at no. 10, placing it among the Top 10 airports with the highest average airfares, and Reagan National, which came in at no. 31.

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