Greater Los Angeles is a good place to buy domestic airfare, according to statistics released Tuesday by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
The L.A. Basin had an average domestic roundtrip airfare of 383.55 in the fourth quarter of 2013, a number that has dropped 12.5 percent since 2000, when the average airfare was 438.41. (The fares are inflation adjusted, so 2013 numbers can be compared to 2000.) Among major metropolitan areas, only Chicago had a lower average airfare at the end of 2013.
|Region||Inflation Adjusted Average Fare 4Q 2000||Inflation Adjusted Average Fare 4Q 2010||Inflation Adjusted Average Fare 4Q 2011||Inflation Adjusted Average Fare 4Q 2012||Inflation Adjusted Average Fare 4Q 2013||% change 2000-2013||% change 2012-2013|
|Greater New York City||544.78||396.73||415.22||412.92||434.12||-20.3||5.1|
|Greater Los Angeles||438.41||360.84||385.21||383||383.55||-12.5||0.1|
|Greater San Francisco||484.29||355.46||381.71||385.04||385.94||-20.3||0.2|
|Greater Washington DC||461.3||360.97||387.9||378.33||384.01||-16.8||1.5|
|Greater Dallas/Fort Worth||513.88||386.92||403.47||385.82||383.98||-25.3||-0.5|
The Los Angeles basin consists of Burbank/Glendale/Pasadena, Long Beach, Los Angeles Int’l, Ontario and Santa Ana.
Long Beach has the cheapest fares in the nation, with an average roundtrip fare of 248.63. You’ll probably see a lot of media coverage about this today. But just remember that Long Beach is a bit unusual. Flights from the airport are relatively short, mostly on the West Coast. And the main tenant, Jetblue, is considered a low-fare airline. The is a good thing for travelers who can use Long Beach. But this is not really a business plan other airports can borrow.
Here is our local, airport by airport chart.
|Overall rank||Region||Inflation Adjusted Average Fare 4Q 2000||Inflation Adjusted Average Fare 4Q 2010||Inflation Adjusted Average Fare 4Q 2011||Inflation Adjusted Average Fare 4Q 2012||Inflation Adjusted Average Fare 4Q 2013||% change 2000-2013||% change 2012-2013|