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Why It Costs So Much to Fly From These AirportsTexas in your travel plans? Use Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport and you'll face the highest average domestic airfare in the country: $477. Fly from the city's Hobby Airport—29 miles away—and you'll find one of the lowest average fares in the country: $299. (online.wsj.com) More...
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Charlotte used to be the same way not that long ago but if you were traveling to Western North Carolina, Greensboro started coming alive again at way less money and just about the same travel time and several other folks started coming into CLT to give US Air some competition
I live in Houston and know I know why!
Houston, because of the oil industry, also has some of the strongest business travel demand in the country.
hhmmmm.... this is weird. I just flew to Houston Bush Inter. for the week-end from Los Angeles a few weeks ago. Round trip air with a week-end at the Marriott Hotel (Hobby Airport) and a rent a car was $437. I guess I got away cheap. I flew Continental.
Rema,you flew into the airport as the first part of your trip, so you got away cheap. Price it the other way and you should see a big jump, unless their are other carriers who make them competitive. I just ran a booking from IAH to JFK and got $316. Booking in the other direction got me $296. Not a big difference, but there were flights available from more than one airline and this was the cheapest... .USAir.
Regarding business travel, time/day of flight will make a big difference