Ranks Canadian and U.S. Border Airports on Affordability

The rankings are in. has pulled the data, crunched the numbers and compiled its Canadian Airport Affordability Index. In its third year, the 2013 Airport Affordability Index ranks the 20 most popular Canadian and U.S. border airports based on the average airfares found to top destinations by Cheapflights users in the month of August.

The Cheapflights Canadian Airport Affordability Index offers an annual snapshot of airports and airfares. For comparison sake, the survey includes a column to show how rankings have changed since last year. This year, while Bellingham International retains the top spot, the rest of the U.S. border airports dropped in their rankings as Kelowna, Moncton and Victoria all jumped into the top five. Vermont's Burlington International was even dropped from the list as it wasn't one of the top 20 most popular of the airports serving Canadians. Additionally, this year's study shows the welcome news that many of the airfare averages for the month are down over 2012.

“Each year we compile the Airport Affordability Index as a baseline for comparing airports and airfares, both in the moment and over time,” said Melisse Hinkle, editor at “It's a regular reminder that airfares are fluid and, to a degree, very local. Our advice to travellers is to cast a wide net when researching flights and make a point to be as open as possible to different airports, both departure and arrival, as well as travel days and dates. If you do your homework, you will know a deal when you spot it and can make the most of your travel budget by bagging a bargain.”

Below are the rankings of the 20 airports with the average return airfare, including taxes, for travel to some of the most popular destinations:

Ranking Airport 2013 Ave. Airfare 2012 Rank
1 Bellingham International, WA (BLI) C$316 1
2 Kelowna (YLW) C$432 8
3 Moncton (YQM) C$436 4
4 Victoria International (YYJ) C$441 10
5 Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County, MI (DTW) C$448 2
6 Buffalo Niagara International, NY (BUF ) C$494 3
7 Winnipeg International (YWG) C$509 11
8 Ottawa's Macdonald-Cartier International (YOW) C$513 13
9 Regina (YQR) C$520 7
10 Quebec (YQB) C$535 5
11 Saskatoon (YXE) C$536 6
12 Edmonton International (YEG) C$547 12
13 Montréal – Pierre Elliott Trudeau (YUL) C$554 16
14 London (YXU) C$562 N/A
15 Calgary International (YYC) C$580 15
16 Fort McMurray (YMM) C$601 N/A
17 Toronto's Lester B. Pearson International (YYZ) C$603 20
18 Halifax International (YHZ) C$610 14
19 Vancouver International (YVR) C$613 19
20 St John's (YYT) C$632 18's sister site in the U.S.,, also issues an annual Airport Affordability Rankings featuring the average airfare to key destinations for the 101 most popular airports in the U.S. As many Canadians travel to, from and within the U.S., this report can be an additional useful guide for seeing how these airports stack up.

Methodology compiled this ranking based on user searches during the month of August 2013. The airports ranked were the 20 most searched Canadian and U.S. border airports and the average airfares were calculated using the flight prices our users found to popular destinations, including Montreal, Miami, Los Angeles, London, Los Cabos, Bangkok and Cancun.

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