Every quarter, the U.S. Department of Transportation puts out a “Domestic Airline Fares Consumer Report.” In it, the DOT calculates how fares from certain airports compare to the national average fare, with the results given in percentages as a “fare premium” or “fare discount.” Here’s the figures for the 4th quarter of 2015 for the eight North Carolina airports listed:

Charlotte (CLT) +13%
Greensboro (GSO) +5%
Raleigh/Durham (RDU) +1%
Wilmington (ILM) -2%
Asheville (AVL) -3%
Fayetteville (FAY) -12%
Jacksonville (OAJ) -14%
New Bern (EWN) -27%

Very, very interesting that Fayetteville, Jacksonville, and New Bern have such low average fares. The three cities all have a lot of military personnel flying in and out — could those low average fare simply be a reflection of all those trips on government travel contracts?