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Are you about to book a flight and cannot decide which airport to fly from? I think everyone can agree that at some point we have all asked ourselves the question, “Do I fly from my local airport or drive 2-5 hours to a larger airport that is supposedly ‘cheaper’?”. Let me clear the air and help you make the right decision when it comes to booking your next flight.

It’s a tale as old as time that the bigger the airport the cheaper the flight. And while it may sound reasonable that larger airports would offer the cheapest airline tickets, it is not always the case.

You are probably thinking right now, why fly OAJ? Well for starters your airport is convenient, we are the regional airport for Eastern North Carolina, as well as the premier airport for the Outer Banks. We are located in Richlands, NC, so if you live in Cape Carteret, Swansboro, Jacksonville, Sneads Ferry or any of the other beautiful coastal areas, OAJ-Ellis Airport is the airport for you. You will be able to relax knowing you won’t have the added stress of getting lost or stuck in traffic when you don’t have to drive as far to get to your flight. Flying out of OAJ is also a cheaper option since you won’t have to spend as much on gas, lodging or parking. OAJ’s airlines also offers competitive prices on all flights with Delta Air Lines and American Airlines. We can connect you to almost anywhere in the world with flights to two major hubs, Charlotte Douglas International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. So, why drive 2-5 hours to another airport if we can get you to your final destination quicker, as well as save you money and stress?

While I know that some of you are still probably hesitant and are considering booking your next flight with a larger airport hub, you should take a moment to factor in the cost of driving and parking when calculating your total cost of travel. Let’s look at some numbers, if you were to fly of out of one of the larger airports you would have to pay up to $14.00/day and $98.00/week just for parking, compared to our affordable parking prices of $9.00/day and $55.00/week (and I will let you in on a little secret, at OAJ the 7th day of parking is free). In addition, if you add in the mileage cost it only adds more to your total final cost of just getting to the airport, and that’s not even including the cost of your flight. If you were to drive the 268 miles to that other airport, you would spend around $148 just on the cost of driving. Wouldn’t you rather spend that money on something more fun? And don’t even get me started about the wear and tear on your vehicle, the unpredictable traffic, and time restraints that are associated when you don’t take advantage of flying locally, at your regional airport for Eastern NC.

Now that you know how much money and time you could save if you fly with us, go ahead and book your flight with OAJ today. We look forward to flying with you!