2013 Airport Affordability Index

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For the third year, we’ve pulled the data and crunched the numbers to come up with our Canadian Airport Affordability Index. This annual ranking, part of our ongoing efforts to help travellers get the best flights deals, offers a glimpse into how airfares vary by region and by year. The takeaway: airfares are fluid and can vary airport to airport. Be creative (and flexible) when planning your travel and be ready to jump on a deal when you see one.

The index is based on searches on our site for the month of August, 2013. We ranked the 20 most searched Canadian and US border airports, averaging airfares based on flight prices that our users found to the most popular destinations, including Montreal, Miami, Los Angeles, London, Bangkok and Cancun.

Number Airport 2013 Ave. Airfare 2012 Rank
1 Bellingham International, WA (BLI) C$316 1
2 Kelowna (YLW) C$432 8
3 Moncton (YQM) C$436 4
4 Victoria International (YYJ) C$441 10
5 Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County, MI (DTW) C$448 2
6 Buffalo Niagara International, NY (BUF) C$494 3
7 Winnipeg International (YWG) C$509 11
8 Macdonal-Cartier International (YOW) C$513 13
9 Regina (YQR) C$520 7
10 Quebec (YQB) C$535 5
11 Saskatoon (YXE) C$536 6
12 Edmonton International (YEG) C$547 12
13 Montréal – Pierre Elliot Trudeau (YUL) C$554 16
14 London (YXU) C$562 *
15 Calgary International (YYC) C$580 15
16 Fort McMurray (YMM) C$601 *
17 Lester B. Pearson International C$603 20
18 Halifax International C$610 14
19 Vancouver International C$613 19
20 St. John’s (YYT) C$632 18
*Did not rank in 2012

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To see how other U.S. airports stack up, check out the Airport Affordability Index from our sister site Cheapflights.com, which ranks the 101 most popular US airports by the average airfare to key destinations.

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2013 Airport Affordability Index was last modified: February 2nd, 2015 by Brittany Dietz
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