Air travel can be a headache, and it’s about to get worse — the busy summer season and a serious lack of TSA agents have some passengers spending hours in security lines at the nation’s airports. However, flying is still the most efficient way to get from city to city.
But while airfare is lower than ever this year, it’s insanely expensive in certain states. (It’s worth noting that none of these states has a major airport.)
Unsurprisingly, Alaska has the nation’s highest ticket prices; passengers pay an average of $672 when flying out of the Last Frontier. At $553, South Dakota is a distant second for high departure prices. Mississippi ($547), Wyoming ($541) and Alabama ($530) round out the top five.
On the flip side, Delaware has the nation’s lowest rates ($191). New Jersey is next, at $286, while Utah is third, at $295. The fourth and fifth places go to Maryland ($301) and, believe it or not, Hawaii ($313), respectively.
So what’s the catch? According to CheatSheet, those cheap fares in eastern states often come with delays. In Delaware, only about 66 percent of flights left on time in 2015. The rate wasn’t much higher — a mere 72 percent — in New Jersey.
However, this hiccup doesn’t apply to Hawaii, which, at 89 percent, has the country’s highest on-time departure rate.
In case you were wondering, the nation’s busiest airports are:
- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
- O’Hare International Airport (Chicago)
- Los Angeles International Airport
- Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
- Denver International Airport
- John F. Kennedy International Airport (New York City)
- San Francisco International Airport
- McCarran International Airport (Las Vegas)
- Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
- George Bush Intercontinental Airport (Houston)
- Charlotte/Douglas International Airport
- Miami International Airport
- Orlando International Airport
- Newark Liberty International Airport
- Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
- Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
- Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
- Philadelphia International Airport
- Logan International Airport (Boston)
- LaGuardia Airport (New York City)
- Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport
- Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
- Washington Dulles International Airport
- Salt Lake City International Airport
- Midway International Airport (Chicago)