Affordable Travel Guide to Secondary Airports, Prime Travel Savings

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Secondary Airports, Prime Travel Savings

Bargain airlines can’t afford the massive landing and docking fees charged at major international airports in large global cities, but they keep their airline tickets in check by using secondary airports in or near primary airports, benefiting travelers around the globe.

There are other benefits to using secondary airports besides cheaper airfares. Generally, parking is less costly, there is much less congestion, getting to and from the airport as well as on the runways, meaning timelier flights! Airfares cost less when costs of using an airport’s facilities (for the airlines) is lower, and for many of us who don’t live near the primary airport for our city, or perhaps live in a nearby urban area, it’s closer to home to use the smaller airports. Often the service is less stressed and faster, too.

To our advantage, a number of major metropolitan international airports over-estimated the number of flights they would handle and the result is secondary airports that remind us what air travel used to be like… Civilized! And for less money spent on airline tickets.

Alternative routes can also result in deeply discounted airfares. For example, most direct flights cost more than those with a stop-over or change of aircraft. You pay for convenience.

Less congestion, easier access and cheaper flights can be had at secondary airports in most of the world’s major urban areas from Japan to Canada, Russia to Australia. Some of the world’s great airports and their smaller sisters include: New York City (La Guardia and Newark, just over the state line in new Jersey); Toronto, with two local airports (Toronto Island and Buttonville) and two nearby in Hamilton and Waterloo, not to mention a 3-hour drive to Detroit where intra-USA flights means cheaper airfares; Rio de Janeiro and Galeao; Boston and state/neighbor Providence; Los Angeles and nearby Orange County and Long Beach; Amsterdam and Rotterdam; Frankfurt and Hahn; Manchester and Liverpool; Orly and Charles De Gaulle; and Brussels and Liege.

International airport options work, too. Flights from Seattle in the USA are often cheaper than airfares from Vancouver in Canada, even though the two cities are in close proximity.

If you’re not a fussy traveler, not choosy about your airline or your point of departure, check out affordable airfare through using secondary airports. Your flight into Oakland is about the same distance as if you landed right at San Francisco. The fun begins as soon as you land, so go for the travel that gives you cheap flights.

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