Charleston flight value leaps up 'affordability index'

Charleston flight value leaps up 'affordability index'

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - It's long been a critique of Charleston: flights are just too expensive. But according to a new report, flying in and out of Charleston International Airport comes at a much better value. has spent the last four years compiling annual "Airport Affordability" reports. From 2012 to 2013, the airport made a big leap up in terms of competitive airfares.

In 2012, Charleston ranked 99th on a list of just 101, sporting an average airfare of $717. Fast forward one year, and the average airfare is all the way down to $390.

In 2011, the Holy City ranked 66th on the list.

JetBlue Airways has been a big contributor to that average. The discount airline started daily, non-stop flights to New York and Boston at comparatively low prices in the upper $100s and lower $200s.

JetBlue service hit Charleston in late February.

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