Fort Lauderdale Airport Has the Third-Cheapest Average Airfare in the Country

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of South Florida and help keep the future of New Times free.

Hey, Spirit Airlines is good for something (probably) -- making the average airfare from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport the third-lowest in the country, at $266.

The ranking was done by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, which found that only the airports in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Long Beach, California have cheaper trips than Fort Lauderdale.

The nickel-and-diming may have may skew that, though, based on how the BTS put this list together.

"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," the agency says. "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."

Yeah, we're looking at you, Spirit.

For comparison's sake, though, the highest prices without fees are in Memphis, Cincinnati, and Washington, D.C., which each average prices of $475 or $476.

The BTS says it counted round-trip and one-way fares in its listing.

Fort Lauderdale's average of $266 is lower than the national second-quarter average has been in recent history -- the BTS lists the national second-quarter average going back to 1995.

Look at numbers and charts by clicking here.

New Times on Facebook | The Pulp on Facebook | Matthew Hendley on Facebook | Twitter | E-mail Matthew Hendley |

Keep New Times Broward-Palm Beach Free... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering South Florida with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.