How to Calculate the Distance Between Airports

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Online travel agencies frequently offer flights for different prices, depending on your chosen airport of departure. With prices sometimes being hundreds of dollars less from one airport to the next, it's important to know how to calculate the distance between two airports--especially if one offers cheaper airfares. Learn how you can calculate the distance between two airports so you can decide if driving to an airport that is farther away is worth the cheaper ticket.

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Things you need

  • Internet
  • Airline code list

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    Calculate by Airport

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    Use an online distance calculator. Airport distance calculators are available for free online. Websites like, and offer easy-to-use airport distance calculators for simple distance calculations between airports.

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    Enter the city name for the originating airport. If flying from Los Angeles International, use the drop-down box to find "Los Angeles."

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    Enter the city name for the destination airport. If flying to Newark International, use the drop-down box to find "Newark."

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    Click "Calculate Distances."

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    Enter the airport code for each airport. Use an airport code calculator if you cannot find a smaller airport using a traditional distance calculator. For example, the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California, is not listed on the website. provides a complimentary time and distance calculator that allows you to calculate the distance between two specific airports. All calculations are based on flights aboard a jet aircraft.

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    Enter the airport code. For example, enter "LAX" for an originating flight from Los Angeles International and "BUR" for an originating flight travelling to the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California. Each airport code is unique to that airport and city and provides exact distance between the two locations. Use an airport code list to find the airport code you require.

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    Check additional miles. also provides nautical miles, kilometres and equivalent still air distance (ESAD), or the miles in distance flown.

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