UPDATE: This post has been corrected to show that the average airfare nationally increased in the first quarter.
Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport is no longer ranked among the most expensive airports in the
country, the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority said today.
In the first quarter, airfares at McGhee Tyson Airport dropped an average of 9.5 percent, according to the latest federal statistics.
That was the largest decrease in average fares among the top 100 airports nationwide, according the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
Knoxville was included today in a Wall Street Journal report on cities with the highest average airfares. Probably not surprising to metro area business travelers.
Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport has the eighth highest average ticket price in the country, according to an analysis by the U.S. Bureau of Transportation. It’s not the kind of publicity McGhee Tyson officials like, but spokeswoman Becky Huckabee said the No. 8 ranking represents improvement.
A year ago, Knoxville had the third-highest average airfare, according to the transportation bureau. She expects Knoxville to slide further down the rankings next year with “the addition of Frontier Airlines and US Airways lower prices to Washington, D.C.”