Travelling and staying connected is an integral part of our life. Since the invention of airplanes, flights have contributed substantially to this by carrying people across the different regions of the world. It seems as if business will be on a standstill in their absence. We are already familiar with the well-known airports of the world, but while these airports offer good flight options, they can charge higher fares.
Therefore, in order to make it available and accessible to one and all, many large cities and metropolitan areas have secondary airports. Here are the 6 alternatives to the bigger, more well-known airports which provide good flight options at lower fares, with some even offering international destinations.
1. Baltimore Washington International Airport
It has long positioned itself as a lower-fare option to Washington Dulles and Washington National. Located 32 miles north of Washington D.C., BWI is the largest airport in the Delaware-Maryland-Virginia region. It’s home to 18 domestic and international carriers.
2. Oakland International Airport
It has presented itself as an alternative to San Francisco International Airport. It is a big outpost for Southwest Airlines and 12 other carriers including ultra-low-cost carriers such as Spirit Airlines and international flights from British Airways and Norwegian. Access to the airport is easy, with ride sharing, shuttles, taxis/limos, public buses and direct access to the BART, the Bay Area’s train system.
3. Dallas Love Field
It very well replaces the Fort Worth International Airport hub in the list. It, after completing the terminal renovation in 2014, is the home to Southwest Airlines and also has service from Virgin America, United Airlines, Seaport Airlines, and Delta Air Lines. Along with the usual ride sharing, travelers can also get to Love Field via Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s (DART).
4. Long beach Airport
It has become a popular alternative to Los Angeles International Airport, which is in the middle of a massive upgrade of its terminals. It is a perfect mix of old and new. Opened in 1941, it was designed in the Streamline Modern style, featuring iconic ceramic mosaic floor tiles throughout the building and decorative murals designated as Cultural Historic Landmarks.
5. General Mitchell Airport
It is a Milwaukee-based airport. It touts itself as “an easy travel airport” as compared to Chicago O’Hare International Airport. It is home to 10 US and international carriers. Travelers can get to and from the airport via Milwaukee County Transit System’s GreenLine , Route 80 and Amtrak’s Hiawatha Line to Chicago.
6. T.F. Green Airport Providence
It is a solid alternative to Boston Logan International Airport. The airport has seen its number of flights double in the past year, thanks to the opening of a longer runway and new domestic and international service from 11 airlines. It is home to the Interlink transportation hub for passengers that includes a consolidated rental car facility, Rhode Island Public Transit Authority bus service and MBTA commuter trains traveling between southern Rhode Island, Warwick, Providence and Boston.
We all claim to be big proponents of travel hacks – tips and tricks that make traveling cheaper and easier. But the best hack of ’em all isn’t even a hack; it’s just knowing a little geography about the cities which have secondary airports or are close to other towns you can fly into. It might mean a longer drive – or a short train/bus ride – when you arrive, but the savings are often well worth it. Hence it is advisable to start your travels by looking for “Include nearby airports” in your online flight search options. You might need them – just in case – for emergencies don’t come telling!