MSP Airfare Up 9% From ’10, Among Most Expensive

The average domestic airfare from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was up 9 percent in the first quarter from last year, ranking it the 11th-most expensive airport in the nation.

The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is one of the most expensive airports in the country, according to a recent report released by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

The average domestic airfare from MSP during the first quarter was $413-up 9 percent from the same period last year and ranking it the 11th-most expensive airport in the nation.

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics analyzes the top 100 airports in the nation based on passenger levels. The airfare reported by the organization includes only the price paid at the time the ticket was purchased and does not include baggage and other fees.

According to the report, Houston Bush, Texas, had the highest average fare at $477 in the first quarter, representing a 14.5 percent increase from the first quarter of 2010.

Atlantic City, New Jersey, had the lowest average airfare during the quarter at $172, which was an 8.5 percent decrease-the largest decrease of all the cities-from the same period last year.

Overall, first-quarter fares for the largest 100 airports increased 5.7 percent from the fourth quarter of 2010, the first increase after two quarterly declines.

First-quarter 2011 fares, not adjusted for inflation, were the highest for any first quarter since 1995 and the second highest of any quarter on record, according to the report.

Madison, Wisconsin, recorded the largest increase in the first quarter from last year at 17.5 percent.

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. It compiles, analyzes, and publishes information on the nation's transportation systems.