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      Charleston airport named most affordable in nation

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      CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- CheapFilghts.com has released their fifth annual Airport Affordability Report and Charleston International Airport has topped the list.According to the fare-finding website, Charleston's airport's average airfare of $191 resulted in a rise from number 30 on last year's list to number one for 2014. The airport has flights from American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, United, and US Airways."The index, which uses average plane ticket prices our site users found during the month of June (to a list of common domestic and international destinations) to rank 101 of the most popular airports in the United States, gives travelers a little extra insight into the cheapest departure and arrival points," the report reads.Daugherty Field in Long Beach, California came in second with a $200 average fare and Harrisburg International in Pennsylvania came in third with ticket prices averaging $236. To see the full list, click here."We're excited to be on this list because this is great news for passengers," said Paul G. Campbell Jr., director of airports for the Charleston County Aviation Authority. "Charleston's popularity with visitors continues to grow, and now they can find affordable ways to visit our great community."It should be noted, too, that the ranking was compiled during the same month JetBlue announced new non-stop flights to Washington D.C. from Charleston. As part of that announcement, the discount carrier offered one-way trips to and from the nation's capital for just $44.Charleston International is about halfway through a $189 million renovation project that includes an expanded rental car pavilion and terminal apron, consolidated TSA checkpoint, and new restaurants.To see a timeline of the construction project, click here.While the ranking is a way for travelers to see how their local airports measure up nationally, the report specifies the list is not set in stone. "These rankings fluctuate year to year and prices can change frequently (and dramatically) along routes, but as always, there are a few key takeaways: do your research, check out all your options and, if you can, be flexible with your travel plans it could yield significant savings!"
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