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Cheap Flights to Albuquerque

New Mexico’s most populated city and the county seat for Bernalillo County, Albuquerque is home to roughly 560,000 people, with this number nearing just near 1,000,000 for the greater metropolitan area. Bordered by the Sandia Mountains and with the wondrous Rio Grande flowing through it, ABQ is a major southwestern cultural center with a rich history and plenty of great things to do and see.

Flights to Albuquerque

Albuquerque International Sunport is the city’s primary public airport. Located a few miles from downtown, it has consistently transported over 6,000,000 foreign and domestic passengers over the past 5 years. The airport centrally serves the residents of ABQ, in addition to being an air traffic focal point for Santa Fe!

Sunport started as Albuquerque Municipal in 1939, and has undergone a number of terminal expansions since then. The airport’s original terminal now houses offices for the Transportation Security Administration.

A few developments are underway, including plans to remove the Runway 17/35. Additionally, plans for a connecting people mover system along with the construction of Mesa del Sol are in the works. The latter is a city extension of ABQ close to the airport that is projected to provide housing for 100,000 more residents.

Not surprisingly, Sunport is a central flight hub for Southwest Airlines, which alone represents 55% of the airport’s passenger base. Domestic flights to Albuquerque can also be reserved through American Airlines, Delta, United, US Airways, and JetBlue. The only international carrier that offers nonstop flights to the city is AirTran.

What to Do in Albuquerque

Tourists who are willing to conquer their fear of heights should take a trip on Sandia Peak Tramway. This is the longest aerial tram ride on the planet and it offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.

The Explora Science Center and Children’s Museum is a wonderful place to take the children, and who wouldn’t want to catch a baseball game at the Isotope’s home field? If you plan to visit in the fall, you will not want to miss the city’s International Balloon Festival!

Tips for Tourists Visiting Albuquerque

The Duke City has a desert climate, so it is not uncommon for daytime summer temperatures to exceed 100 degrees. Stay hydrated and carry a bottled water at all times. ABQ is not a difficult city to navigate, but frequent road construction may cause the occasional headache when driving. ABQ Ride and Rapid Ride are the city’s public bus systems, and bicycling is a worthwhile alternative as long as you intend on staying local.

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