Chicago Paying Higher Airfares Than Most

Chicago passengers saw the second-highest price hike in the country earlier this year

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    Chicago travelers saw domestic airfares jump more than most American cities earlier this year. 

    An average domestic flight out of Chicago cost about $360 in the first quarter of the year, according to Crain's Chicago Business. That’s up almost 12 percent than last year. 
    It’s the second biggest jump in domestic airfares in U.S. cities, second only to prices for flights out of San Francisco, which rose 13 percent. Boston travelers saw the lowest jump with prices only up about 4 percent.
    Despite the increase, Chicagoans are still in the middle of the pack for airline prices in the eight biggest markets. That’s because O’Hare and Midway airports are home to three major airlines.  

    The fact that Chicago is one of the nation’s busiest airports also helps keep fares down.