Top Seven US Low Cost Airports
When seeking out cheap flight tickets for a budget-conscious US or international vacation, your choice of airport is an important decision as lower cost airlines only fly to certain airports. Fare comparison website Flightandroom.com has selected the following airports that all serve low cost airlines, making them some of the most useful US low cost airports to consider.
Atlantic City, NJ (ACY) – With its central East Coast location, Atlantic City shuttles travelers mostly to and from Florida. Low-fare carrier Spirit is ACY’s sole airline serving over 1.4 million travelers. ACY has a six-story parking garage with covered walkway to the terminal building. Taxis and shuttles are also available.
Dallas, TX (DAL) – Before Dallas/Fort Worth International opened in 1974, Love Airfield was the city’s primary airport. Served entirely by low cost airlines Southwest, United Express and Delta Connection, Love Airfield is 6 miles from downtown and a light rail connection is under construction to directly connect travelers to downtown.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL (FLL) – Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport is only 3 miles from downtown and provides connections to tourist destinations in Florida and the Caribbean. Twenty-one airlines compete for customers, serving mostly colder hubs like New York and Chicago. Rail service connects commuters to Miami and West Palm Beach. Rent a Sixt car here
Long Beach, CA (LGB) – Located 3 miles northeast of downtown, Long Beach Airport serves Los Angeles and the Orange County area. Also called Daugherty Field, LGB is a primary hub for JetBlue along with Mesa Airlines and SkyWest. LGB is undergoing a $136 million modernization project scheduled for completion in 2013.
Milwaukee, WI (MKE) – General Mitchell Airport is one of Airport Council International’s“30 Fastest-growing Airports in the World.” Located 5 miles from downtown Milwaukee, eight budget airlines provide non-stop service throughout North America. Along with service from MKE to downtown, Amtrak’s Hiawatha Rail Line travels on to Chicago’s Union Station.
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (MSP) – Minneapolis-Saint Paul International is located within 10 miles of both downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. The airport is served by seven low cost airlines including AirTran, Delta Connection, Frontier, Spirit and United Express and with 32 million travelers MSP is Delta’s 3rd largest US hub.
Orlando, FL (MCO) – Serving Central Florida’s main tourist destination, Orlando’s International Airport is 6 miles from downtown and served by a variety of ground transportation options. Served by low-fare carriers Frontier and JetBlue, Orlando is also a hub for Southwest, which carries one-fifth of the airport’s passenger traffic, and AirTran. Rent a Sixt car here
Time your flight right from one of these US low cost airports and with a pinch of luck you’ll find some great bargains for your next vacation! For more information and fares, check out these low cost flight + hotel deals.