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Meanwhile, neighboring Cincinnati and Columbus have seen airfares drop over the past several years. Cincinnati’s average domestic airfare was $334.32, nearly $25 less than the national average of $359.30. The fares have also dropped from $551.57 five years ago, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
Columbus has seen similar trends, with its average domestic airfare dropping to $354.95 from $395.15 five years ago.
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Cincinnati has seen dropping flight costs as it attracts new low-cost carriers. Conversely, as Dayton has lost low-cost flight options, costs have been on the rise. Southwest airlines pulled service in the summer of 2017 and Allegiant recently announced that its flights through the Dayton Airport would become seasonal.
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