Dayton International Airport’s average fares remained the region’s bargain in the second quarter of this year, beating fares at Columbus and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky airports.
The average domestic air fare at Dayton International Airport was nearly $370, down 4 percent from the same period last year. That compares with $518 in at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, down 4.8 percent from second quarter 2012, and $390 at Port Columbus International Airport, up 1.5 percent from the year-ago period, according to figures released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
Nationwide, the average domestic air fare decreased to $378 in the second quarter of 2013, down 3.6 percent from the average fare of $392 in the second quarter of 2012.
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky had the second-highest average domestic fare in the nation in the second quarter. Huntsville, Ala., had the highest at $547, and Atlantic City, N.J., had the lowest at $159.
Over the past two years, Dayton’s average fare has vied with Columbus for the low spot among the three major airports within driving distance.
Nationwide, the second-quarter 2013 fare was down 18.4 percent in 2013 dollars from the average fare of $463 in 1999, which was the highest average fare of any second quarter, adjusted for inflation. The 18.4 percent decline took place while overall consumer prices went up 40.5 percent for the period, BTS said.
In the 18 years since collection of air fare records began in 1995, inflation-adjusted fares declined 16.9 percent compared to a 53.1 percent increase in overall consumer prices.
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, BTS said.