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(NEXSTAR) – With Thanksgiving just a few weeks away, you may be thinking about your holiday travel plans. Travel experts are anticipating high demand and more expensive flights this season after two years of COVID-19 restrictions.

A new report shows a ticket for certain airports may be more expensive than others.

Reviewing the latest data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the financial planning website SmartAsset recently ranked the nation’s busiest airports based on how expensive airfare has become over the last year.

BTS data shows that nationally, the average airfare during the second quarter of 2022 rose to $397, up from $338 at the start of the year. While that is up from the average price of $295 seen during the second quarter of 2020, when air travelers were restricted by COVID, it’s lower than the average $406 travelers saw at the end of 2019, just before the pandemic.

Expensive fuel, staffing challenges, and high demand have all contributed to the rising costs. Though experts expect airline prices to cool soon, SmartAsset found that isn’t exactly the case so far at some airports.

SmartAsset reviewed the 100 busiest airports in the U.S. and compared them across three metrics: average airfare costs (specifically domestic one-way and round-trip tickets) for the second quarter of 2022, the percentage change compared to the same time last year, and dollar amount change in the average airfare.

Across those airports, SmartAsset found 45 have seen the average airfare rise by more than $100 over the last year. Though that may seem relatively small, for many airports, that’s an increase of more than 40%.

Airports in the West have seen the largest year-over-year price increases, including locations in California, Washington, Arizona, and Idaho.

Here are the 10 airports that have seen the largest increases in airfare between the second quarter of 2021 and 2022, as well as the percent and dollar amount changes, according to SmartAsset:

RankAirportPercent ChangeDollar Amount Change
1Pensacola International51.28%$157
2Fresno Yosemite International42.15%$140
3Seattle/Tacoma International49.18%$144
4Los Angeles International42.22%$133
5Bozeman Yellowstone International43.27%$134
6Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International37.52%$137
7Spokane International41.61%$129
8Tucson International37.60%$128
9Boise Air Terminal43.29%$128
10Detroit Metro Wayne County41.64%$126

At three airports – Dane County Regional in Madison, Wisconsin; Washington Dulles International; and Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International – the average airfares have risen to over $500. Two other airports weren’t far behind: San Francisco International’s average airfare is $499 while Greenville-Spartanburg International’s is $490.

While airfare has climbed at all of the airports SmartAsset reviewed, prices haven’t risen drastically everywhere. At two airports, the average airfare remains below $150: St. Pete Clearwater International and Orlando Sanford International.

The average airfare at Kahului Airport in Hawaii has changed the least over the last year, rising just $7.

Here are the 10 airports that have seen the smallest changes to their average fare:

RankAirportPercent ChangeDollar Amount Change
100Kahului Airport2.40%$7
99St Pete Clearwater International10.03%$13
98Ellison Onizuka Kona International at Keahole4.25%$12
97Bob Hope8.22%$22
96Metropolitan Oakland International10.81%$30
95Long Beach Airport14.26%$36
94Buffalo Niagara International13.10%$41
93Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International14.16%$43
91Orlando Sanford International24.74%$29

The price changes may seem stark but some of the jumps are due to the cheaper airfare seen during the pandemic. Experts note some of the prices we’re seeing now are still lower than we had in the months leading up to the pandemic.

Though the “sweet spot” for getting the best prices on holiday airfare has passed, there are some days that are better to fly on than others around Thanksgiving and Christmas, travel guides say.