Don’t just settle for an “airports near me” option in your flight search. Most travelers want to start their journey from the nearest airport to them. While this is typically because of convenience, it may also offer the best deal on flights.
Still, it’s usually smart to consider a variety of nearby airports when searching for the best available prices. It might be worth the extra driving time to fly in or out of an airport that’s a little further away.
If flying out of one of the closest airports is most important to you, then consider some of these tricks to make sure you find the best bargain at the same time.
Add nearby airports to both your departure and destination
If you have one airport that meets all your travel needs, then you can focus on the deals available from that starting point. But it can help to widen your search for flight deals by selecting the “add nearby airports” option to search flight prices for all the nearest airports at your departure point and your destination. This increases your chances of finding the best deal at both ends of your trip.
If you happen to be leaving from a major city, there could be multiple options for the nearest airport. There could also be a distinction between airports that deal with regional flights and airports that operate international routes. Airlines typically favor particular airports that operate as their hub, opening up a range of destinations that you can access.
Adding “nearby airports” to your search will give you the most chances of finding flights that meet your budget. You’ll have more options to choose from so you can select the one that works best for you.
Your results will appear something like this.
In the case of the screenshot above, a flight from New York to Miami could leave from an airport close to New York CIty (Newark Liberty International Airport) and return to nearby LaGuardia Airport. But these two major cities offer multiple airport options, so your search results could show have a mix of possibilities with different prices, flight times and airlines offered for each route. Skyscanner quickly helps you make sense of the cheapest, fastest and best deals available.
What is the closest airport to me?
Of course, you won’t always be starting your travels from home. Sometimes you start a journey by train or rental car and then choose to continue by airplane. Business travelers may need to interrupt a journey to attend an important meeting or conference in a hurry. If you’re on vacation with some extra days in your itinerary, you might want to add a short roundtrip flight to a nearby attraction.
It’s easy to find the nearest airport wherever you are in the world. Just enter the city or town closest to you and Skyscanner will direct you to the closest airport and even include the distance from your current location to each airport. Your search result will include a number of options, and you can then choose the best deal to fit your travel plans.
Narrowing down your search to the closest airport allows you to start planning your journey and see the most relevant flight results. Use all the tools available to you online and you will soon be on your way to your ideal destination.
Let’s take a look at some popular locations as examples.
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Airports near me: New York City
The closest airports for flights from New York City include Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), LaGuardia Airport (LGA), and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). Newark Airport is located in nearby New Jersey, roughly 18 miles southwest of Manhattan. LaGuardia and JFK are both located in different parts of the New York borough of Queens. All three airports are convenient to downtown New York City, so it’s not much of a hassle to travel to or from any of them.
JFK and Newark are the best international options and, since JFK is a major hub for both domestic and international airlines, it may be the cheaper option.
Airports near me: Miami
The best option for flights from Miami is Miami International Airport, which is 19 miles from downtown. But other airports nearby include Fort Lauderdale (28 miles from Miami) and West Palm Beach (74 miles away). As one of the major entry points to the United States, Miami International Airport operates routes to airports around the world, providing plenty of opportunities for cheap flights.
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Airports near me: Las Vegas
Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) is the largest airport serving Las Vegas and the busiest airport in Nevada. Airlines including Delta, British Airways, JetBlue and Southwest offer flight deals to this airport.
Airports near me: Dallas
If you search the closest airports to Dallas, you’ll find Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, which is the biggest and often has the best deals, and the smaller Dallas Love Field, which is a hub for Southwest, Alaska and Delta, and often has affordable domestic flights.
Airports near me: Washington, DC
If you’re in the Washington, DC, area, then you have three options for airports. Travelers fly from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). It’s often cheaper to fly out of Dulles than it is to fly out of Washington National because of Dulles’ size and location, but Baltimore usually has the best deals of the three if you have time for the extra commute.
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Airports near me: Los Angeles
There are five airports that serve Los Angeles and the surrounding region. To find deals in Southern California, the largest of the nearby airports would be Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), but there’s also Ontario International Airport (ONT), John Wayne Airport (SNA), Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) and Long Beach Airport (LGB).
How do I set a price alert to book the cheapest airports near me?
When you’ve found the closest airports that interest you, then a Skyscanner price alert will let you know when the cheapest deals are available at those airports. Pick out some routes from the destination airport of your choice, and you’ll receive emails with the best airfares available.
Ready to give it a shot? Search flight deals at the nearest airport to you
There’s more to a flight search than just settling for the same airport every time. Be sure to check for “airports near me” to make sure you’re not missing out on the best deals possible. Also, remember to always check local government guidelines before you book travel, especially internationally, as COVID-19 guidelines are changing frequently.
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Frequently asked questions
If you’ve checked the box to “Add nearby airports” and you still don’t see an airport you expected to see, try starting your search again by entering that specific airport. Sometimes nearby airports are a little too far away to show up automatically.
Not every airport has a connection to every destination. This is especially true of smaller regional airports that may only have a couple of airlines and routes. If you’re in doubt, check out the website for the airport to see what airlines are at that airport.
Skyscanner’s hotel search makes it easy to search for hotels near airports. Just type the name of the airport in the search bar and you’ll be able to filter results by the hotels that are closest to that airport.
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