Finding the Best Airport for Your Destination

Flying to a destination is usually the most efficient way to travel when it comes to time. But proximity isn’t the only factor you should consider when booking a flight.

Our travel agents regularly get questions about “the best airport” to fly into, and they can be hard to answer. If you know what you’re looking for in an airport, you can easily track the best airport prices and get more concrete directions to your Global Discovery Vacations accommodations. Here’s how you go about doing that.

Closest Doesn’t Mean Best

When you research the nearest airport to your destination, make sure you check on the size of the facility as well as ticket prices.

Small, private airports can be quite expensive and it may be difficult to find connecting flights. And if you’ve ever flown in a private airplane, don’t expect to find commercial flight accommodations.

The good news is that you can use an online search engine to narrow down all the best results. Google is getting pretty good at filtering the main airports. We also like Travelmath because it separates international, domestic and local airports, which is key for finding the right one. Local airports are usually the smaller ones you’ll want to avoid for general travel purposes.

Call a Travel Agent

Travel agents know how to get you to where you want to go. This is what they do, after all. If you need help booking or just want to know where to fly in, just call (855) 999-7654 and one of our agents will be happy to help.

Your Vacations Specialist may also have this information on hand, so it doesn’t hurt to ask.

Best Airports Options

Cities without major airports are can be hard to reach if you don’t know where to go. We don’t have the space to cover all of the areas where we have resorts, but we hope this list of popular destinations helps you find the best airport for your travels:

Branson, Missouri

Depending on the airline and how much you want to drive, you can choose between Branson Airport (BKG), 20-minute drive; Springfield-Branson National Airport (SGF), hour drive; North Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA), 2.5-hour drive.

Breckenridge/Vail/Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Denver International Airport (DEN) is the most affordable and comes with more options, though you might have to drive a couple hours to your destination.

Domestic airports such as Yampa Valley Airport (HDN) and Vail Eagle County (EGE) might get you closer to your destination, but for a higher price and fewer travel dates to choose from.

Brian Head, Utah

Fly into Las Vegas or Salt Lake City. About a 3- to 4-hour drive.

Dunedin/Clearwater, Florida

Fly into Tampa International Airport (TPA). About a half hour drive.

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Fly into McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) in Knoxville. About an hour drive.

Lake Tahoe

Fly into Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO). About a 1-hour drive.

Outer Banks, North Carolina

Fly into Norfolk International Airport (ORF), 1.5-hour drive; or Raleigh Durham International Airport (RDU), a scenic 4-hour drive.

Whenever you’re unsure about which airport will get you to your destination, remember you have our travel agents and the Internet as your guide.

Know any tips that we don’t? Share with us in the comments below.

Corey is a writer from Overland Park, KS, and has been with Global Discovery Vacations since September 2013. Once a sportswriter, he traveled the country and became proficient in airport security line etiquette and leaving items in hotel rooms.