air·​fare | \ˈer-ˌfer \

Definition of airfare 

: fare for travel by airplane

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While costs are escalating, airfares are under pressure. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "A Perfect Storm for Airlines," 1 Oct. 2018 Forget airfare: sometimes stepping out of your comfort zone is as simple as an unexpected (and impeccably-placed) new beauty note. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The New Bedhead is Bohemian and Braided, According to This London Runway," 16 Sep. 2018 Over the last few years, airfares for domestic flights in the U.S. have been on the decline, dropping as much as 7% a year. Hugo Martin,, "After years of dropping airfares, a study predicts prices will inch up 1% this year," 24 Mar. 2018 And because many of the countries will be competing at the world championship for the first time, some players had to pay for airfare, lodging, food and equipment, which in some cases totaled as much as $5,000. Edward Lee,, "For a shot at world championship, area lacrosse players follow family history to nontraditional nations," 12 July 2018 Sometimes, that level of service is reflected in the airfare, with transoceanic business-class tickets topping $10,000 in some cases. Fortune, "How to Fly the World’s Best Business Class for Less Than Coach," 26 June 2018 But the probe into the airfare payment soon stalled, and Sidley Austin withdrew after city officials balked at high legal fees. J. Scott Trubey, ajc, "Kasim Reed’s South Africa trip probe restarts after concerns about cost," 3 July 2018 Possibly buoyed by low airfare costs, another 75,000 are expected to fly, an increase of more than 7 percent from last year and the most since 2001, AAA said. Colin Campbell,, "Nearly 1 million Marylanders expected to travel for Fourth of July holiday," 28 June 2018 Vos said his office limits the number of lawmakers who can attend any one conference and sets a fixed percentage of the total airfare costs that must be reimbursed by taxpayers. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Taxpayers reimbursed lawmakers $100,000 worth of travel expenses since 2015," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of airfare

1917, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of airfare

: the money a person pays to travel on an airplane

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