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Which US airports are the most and least expensive for passing through?

Your vacation begins before you land at your destination, so it’s good to know which are the most and least expensive US airports to pass through. A recent study analysed the 45 busiest airports on a range of expenses a traveller might incur there, to determine which are most and least costly.

A survey has found the most and least expensive US airports to pass through. Image: Image Source

The study was conducted by RewardExpert, which helps people to make informed personal finance and travel decisions. It aims to help travellers who are wary of extra costs, because aside from plane tickets and taxi fares, little things like coffee, sandwiches or wi-fi can start to add up. “With so many unnecessary high payments and charges, it’s hard to know how to cut costs on a trip without forgoing basic comforts, and sometimes even necessities, without blowing your travel budget before you even arrive at your destination,” RewardExpert says.

TSA security check at Denver international airport.
A survey has found the most and least expensive US airports to pass through. Image by John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images

The website took a survey of aggregated and analysed data from a variety of sources to compile its results. It ranked the airports based on ten key indicators across four dimensions: transportation to and from the airport, plane ticket prices, amenities and food.

The results indicated that the top ten most expensive airports are 1. Newark Liberty International Airport 2. John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York 3. Washington Dulles International Airport 4. Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport 5. Los Angeles International Airport 6. Charlotte Douglas International Airport 7. St. Louis Lambert International Airport 8. George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston 9. Austin–Bergstrom International Airport. 10. LaGuardia Airport, Queens.

A survey has found the most and least expensive US airports to pass through. Image by Weerasak Saeku/Getty Images

The top ten least expensive airports were found to be 1. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport 2. McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas 3. Orlando International Airport 4. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport 5. Tampa International Airport 6. San José International Airport 7. Denver International Airport 8. Oakland International Airport 9. Portland International Airport 10. Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

To see the full report and breakdown, see here.