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Airfares increased in 2013 but Dayton still a bargain


Airfares moved skyward in the third quarter of 2013, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics said.

The average domestic air fare increased to $390, up 5.1 percent from the average fare of $371 in the third quarter of 2012.

Dayton International Airport’s average fare of $391.36 was only about $1 off the national average. But that’s up from $366.19 in the third quarter of 2012.

Nevertheless, Dayton still offers a bargain compared to Columbus and Cincinnati airports, at least according to the averages.

At Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, the average fare was $531.21. In Columbus the average fare was $414.87.

During the July to September period, Huntsville, Ala., had the highest average fare, $559, while Atlantic City, N.J., had the lowest, $157.

BTS said the average fares were based on domestic itinerary fares. The itinerary fares consist of round-trip fares, unless the customer does not purchase a return trip. In that case, the one-way fare is included. One-way trips were 32 percent of fares calculated for the third quarter of 2013. BTS added that 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 third-quarter 2013 fare was down 14.0 percent in constant 2013 dollars from the average fare of $453 in 2000, which was the highest of any third quarter, adjusted for inflation, in the 18 years since BTS began collecting air fare records in 1995.


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