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The Great Falls International Airport is One of Few With Decreasing Flight Prices

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We have bad news for frequent fliers, now that airline statistics are out on last year's prices. This is the fourth year prices have gone up across the U.S.. Over the last year they have gone up by 2%, outpacing our current rate of inflation. Right now, the average round trip is approximately $360, which is a 12% increase from our recession in 2009.

While this is bad news for most Americans, here in Great Falls we are pretty lucky. Instead, we have been part of the minority of airports who have seen decreases over the last two years.

John Faulkner, the Airport Director at Great Falls International Airport says, "We actually anticipate this year the prices might come down again, due to some increased Alegent flights, and we have Frontier returning this summer, and that will increase in competition with those additional flights."

So what's behind the increase? Faulkner points his finger at the cost of energy. He says that while gas prices have dropped, aviation prices have not. To change this, Faulkner believes we must find a cheaper form of energy. This will translate over to affordable flights for customers, but won't take away from the airline's profits.

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