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Average domestic airfares down from 2012

The government said Wednesday that the average U.S. round-trip airfare fell 3.6 percent to $378 in the second quarter compared with a year earlier.

The highest average fare among the top 100 airports was $547 in Huntsville, Ala., followed by $518 in Cincinnati. The lowest was $159 in Atlantic City, N.J., according to the U.S. Transportation Department.

The priciest metro area for flights was Houston followed by New York City, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

The figures include the base fare plus taxes and fees imposed by government agencies and airports. They don't include extras such as baggage fees.

Adjusted for inflation, the average fare was 18.4 percent lower than in 1999, still the record second quarter in inflation-adjusted dollars. Overall consumer prices rose 40.5 percent in that time, the Transportation Department said.

Optional fees, which aren't captured in the government's price figures, are a growing source of revenue for airlines and a rising cost for consumers. U.S. airlines got 87.6 percent of their revenue from tickets in 1990. This spring, it was down to 70.6 percent.