Reality Check

Charleston travelers benefit from low-cost carriers

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) There is always the promise of lower fares when low-cost, or economy carriers come to Charleston International Airport, but are they actually lowering the cost to fly out of CHS?

Yes. Every time.

While the impact is real, it took more than one to make them stick.

According to statistics from Flight Global, a group that tracks this kind of thing, back in 2010 the average fare we paid to fly from Charleston was $223.

Enter Southwest in 2011, and the average dropped to $211.

The relief was short-lived, as the average went back up to $225 in 2012.

Jet Blue landed at CHS in 2013, and the average dropped again. This time they dipped to $213.

Alaska Airlines came to the area at the end of 2015, and the fares came down to $208 in the first quarter of 2016.

As of the last numbers posted at the end of 2017, airfares are up to $214 on average, but experts are expecting them to respond to Frontier, and Allegiant entering the fray.



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