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Average Airfares Index Shows Where to Look for Deals When Taking Your U.S. Dollar Across the Pond

BOSTON, MA -- (Marketwired) -- Apr 28, 2015 -- The summer travel season is coming up fast and, with the strength of the U.S. dollar, many are touting this as the year for a European vacation. No doubt your travel dollars will go farther abroad this year than in any time in recent memory. However, there are still some big swings in affordability among destinations. To give you a leg up on getting a deal, the travel experts at Cheapflights.com, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, have run the numbers and ranked the most-searched European airports based on their affordability for travelers from the U.S.

As with all of our Airport Affordability Index reports, our rankings are a snapshot of prices. In this report, we've calculated the average airfares based on the prices our users found when searching for flights leaving from top destinations across the U.S. in the first three months of 2015. The findings are great news for those looking to travel to Ireland, Italy or Spain as airports in those countries take six of the top eight slots on the list. Across the board, airports in the Eurozone fared well in contrast to those on other currencies. Six of the eight lowest-ranking airports have their own local currency. And, as is often the case, the best fares are not to the biggest or busiest of airports -- an important reminder to think alternatively when planning travel, even overseas.

"Recent news reports have been illustrating the buying power of the U.S. dollar in Europe," said Melisse Hinkle, Cheapflights.com editor and travel expert. "From bar tabs to hotel rates to airfares, prices favor U.S. travelers right now. And, of course, savvy travel planning will still help you go farther, stay longer and do more for less. Our advice, as always, is to do your homework and be as flexible as possible about where and when you travel. Prices always vary by exact departure points and dates, but our data makes it clear that a little comparison shopping can pay off."

Below are the 25 most-searched European airports ranked by their average round-trip airfare (including taxes) for travelers departing from top U.S. destinations:

                                                        
1)  Dublin, Ireland (DUB)                           $620
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2)  Orly, (Paris) France (ORY)                      $694
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3)  Capodichino, (Naples) Italy (NAP)               $694
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4)  Malpensa, (Milan) Italy (MXP)                   $694
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5)  Warsaw Chopin, Poland (WAW)                     $706
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6)  Madrid-Barajas, Spain (MAD)                     $710
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7)  Barcelona International, Spain (BCN)            $717
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8)  Shannon, Ireland (SNN)                          $722
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9)  Schiphol, (Amsterdam) Netherlands (AMS)         $729
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10) Lisbon Portela, Portugal (LIS)                  $737
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11) Charles de Gaulle, (Paris) France (CDG)         $738
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12) Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino, (Rome) Italy (FCO) $739
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13) Eleftherios Venizelos, (Athens) Greece (ATH)    $742
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14) Gatwick, (London) UK (LGW)                      $750
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15) Brussels Airport, Belgium (BRU)                 $763
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16) Berlin Schoenefeld, Germany (SXF)               $770
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17) Venice Marco Polo (Tessera), Italy (VCE)        $784
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18) Zurich-Kloten, Switzerland (ZRH)                $785
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19) Franz Josef Strauß, (Munich) Germany (MUC)      $821
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20) Manchester International, UK (MAN)              $870
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21) Frankfurt International, Germany (FRA)          $886
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22) Edinburgh, Scotland (EDI)                       $887
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23) Keflavik, (Reykjavik) Iceland (KEF)             $922
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24) Glasgow International, Scotland (GLA)           $936
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25) Heathrow, (London) UK (LHR)                     $941
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Methodology
Cheapflights.com compiled this ranking based on user searches on the site during the first three months of 2015. The airports ranked were the 25 most-searched-for airports across Europe and the average airfares were calculated using the flight prices our users found departing from a list of common U.S. departure cities, including Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, New York and Seattle.

About Cheapflights.com, part of the Momondo Group
Momondo Group is an online travel media and technology company that is driven by the belief that an open world is a better world. The group now serves travel search and inspiration to over 17.5 million visitors a month -- plus 8 million travel newsletter subscribers -- via its Cheapflights (www.cheapflights.com) and momondo (www.momondo.com) brands.

Skygate began the sourcing of complex air-travel data in 1992, while Cheapflights pioneered the online comparison of flight deals for users in 1996 and momondo launched meta-search in the Nordic countries in 2006.

The Group has offices in London, Copenhagen and Boston with a consumer base across more than 30 core international markets but users all over the world.

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