Airfare on the rise at regional airports

Posted Monday, November 25, 2013 --- 10:23 a.m.

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- Air travelers using Wisconsin's regional airports are paying more for the convenience of being closer to their destinations.

A review of airfare and seat data since 2005 by Gannett Wisconsin Media shows a widening gap between Wisconsin's regional airports, including those near Appleton, Green Bay, Madison and Mosinee, and its largest, Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee.

Average fares are up about $80 at Outagamie County Regional Airport, up about $125 at Austin Straubel International, $42 at Dane County Regional and nearly $100 at Central Wisconsin Airport. At Mitchell, they're down an average $1.

Outagamie County airport director Abe Weber says selling smaller hubs is all about saving time -- time with your family versus travel time.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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