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Cleveland Hopkins airfare has dropped 20 percent

Posted at 6:38 PM, Jan 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-13 18:39:23-05

Scoring a cheap seat on a flight from Cleveland is getting a lot easier with many passengers paying less to board a plane.

Airfare from Cleveland-Hopkins Airport has dropped 20 percent in the second quarter of 2015 from the year before. So what does that mean for you? A hundred more bucks in your pocket.

New numbers from the U-S Department of Transportation show the average ticket price from Cleveland was $371. That’s down significantly from $465 a year before.

Nationwide, the average airfare dropped only modestly at less than 3 percent.

The dramatic decrease at Cleveland Hopkins is attributed to the addition of several low-cost airlines to the market like Spirit and Frontier.

“Now we’re attracting passengers that may never have flown before,” says Fred Szabo, Interim Airport Director at Cleveland Hopkins Airport.

He adds, “Sometimes you get the dynamics that ‘Well, for a weekend I can either have a nice dinner or I can go to Florida,’ and now you can do both because those ultra-low cost carriers have extremely low prices.”

The airport recently released data showing that as the airfare prices have decreased. In return Cleveland Hopkins has experienced an increase in passengers of more than 1.4 million, a nearly 18 percent growth from just a year ago.

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