Airfares cheaper in Columbus
Low-cost carriers credited with 12.3 percent rate drop
Thursday, October 25, 2007
By Marla Matzer Rose
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
Traveling hasn’t become easier, but at least it’s become cheaper.
Airfares at Port Columbus fell 12.3 percent, the second-largest year-over-year decrease in the continental U.S. between April and June, according to statistics released yesterday by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The average fare at Port Columbus for the quarter was $298, compared with $340 a year earlier, the Transportation Department said. Port Columbus tracks average fares by destination, and Whitaker said that most of the lowest-fare destinations — including Chicago, St. Louis and Baltimore — are served by Southwest.
Columbus’ average fares are lower than any other major Ohio airport’s except for the Akron-Canton airport, which has fewer flights and is served by the low-cost carriers AirTran and Frontier. With its dominance by Delta Air Lines, Cincinnati still had the nation’s highest average fare and largest year-over-year increase.