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Major Airports With the Best Fares — and Where DIA Lands


Sometimes it seems that fares at Denver International Airport will climb as high as the planes that regularly depart from the facility.

But now is not one of those times.

New figures from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (a branch of the U.S. Treasury Department) reveals the best average fares at the twelve busiest airports in America as determined by the number of domestic passengers who took off from each during the third quarter of 2015 — the most recent period for which data is available.

And DIA, which bid farewell to the third-most travelers among U.S. airports over that span, finishes very, very well.


Count down the photo-illustrated stats from the top twelve below, complete with the current average fare across the system. Comparing that number to the one at DIA makes the latter look even better.

Number 12: Newark-Liberty

Average ticket price: $479

Third quarter 2015 number of originating passengers: 5,599,640 (11th among originating passengers)


Number 11: New York/JFK

Average ticket price: $431

Third quarter 2015 number of originating passengers: 6,703,530 (7th among originating passengers)


Number 10: San Francisco

Average ticket price: $424

Third quarter 2015 number of originating passengers: 7,257,970 (5th among originating passengers)


Number 9: Los Angeles

Average ticket price: $389

Third quarter 2015 number of originating passengers: 10,317,650 (1st among originating passengers)


Number 8: Atlanta

Average ticket price: $382

Third quarter 2015 number of originating passengers: 7,172,690 (6th among originating passengers)


Number 7: Boston

Average ticket price: $365

Third quarter 2015 number of originating passengers: 7,738,750 (4th among originating passengers)


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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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