Denver air fares among the lowest

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Denver airline fares have decreased 30 percent during the last decade, and the city’s fares now rank lower than two-thirds of the nation’s 100 large U.S. airports.

The U.S. Department of Transportation reported today that as of the fourth quarter of 2009, Denver International Airport ranked 33rd-lowest out of 100 airports for average domestic air fares, at $291.53.

The average for the 100 largest airports was $319.31 in the fourth quarter, according to a report from the Transportation Department’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration.

Denver fares have dropped 30.3 percent from the fourth-quarter 2000 average of $418.53, RITA reported.

That’s the greatest 10-year decline of any of the 100 airports in the new report except for White Plains, N.Y., which was down 48.7 percent.

Average fares are based on the total ticket price plus any fees levied at the time of purchase, RITA says. They do not include baggage fees paid at the airport, or free frequent-flyer tickets.