Travelers and tourism officials agree: Southwest Airlines cant touch down in Charleston fast enough.
Newly released figures from the government show that Charleston International Airport posted the biggest hike in airfares between the first quarters of 2009 and 2010, reflecting the departure of low-fare carrier AirTran last December.
The average ticket from Charleston jumped 16.1 percent year-over-year to $443, the U.S. Department of Transportation said in a report issued Wednesday.
Both figures are well above the national average: The average U.S. domestic fare in the first three months of this 2010 rose to $328, a nearly 5 percent increase, according data compiled by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
The governments latest quarterly statistics include the ticket price as well as taxes and security fees. They dont include other costs such as luggage surcharges that most carriers have adopted.