Airfare--Pigeon Forge?

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  1. maxiesmom

    maxiesmom The Mean Squinty Eye Works

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    I have been checking prices on flying to Knoxville Tennessee. I would like to do a trip to Pigeon Forge, but I am trying to find a reasonable alternative to 13 hours in the car! However, airfare from my home town to Knoxville is even more than a flight to WDW! Holy Cow!

    Is there a different airport I can check that my be less expensive? I have no idea where any airports are in the Pigeon Forge area, I was just guessing Knoxville would be the closest. Any other suggestions as to how I can avoid the long car ride and not have to pay an arm and a leg?:confused3
     
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  3. aprhj

    aprhj Second to the right and straight on til morning

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    Flying out of Knoxville is not very cheap also, but fortunately we got back Air Tran for those Disney flights:thumbsup2 Many people here will go to Nashville to be able to fly on South West, but it is about a 3 hour drive from Nashville to Knoxville. The other way is Johnson City or Bristol, which is about 2.5 hours Pigeon Forge, but I have no idea about their filight costs.
     
  4. swilshire

    swilshire DIS Veteran

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    Much higher than Knoxville. We often drive to Nashville or Atlanta to fly.

    Look at it this way, there are few direct flights to Knoxville. Drive to the airport. Arrive an hour early. An hour to fly to a hub. An hour layover. Another couple of hours in the air. Wait for your bags and rent a car. You're easily pushing seven hours or more even with no delays. I'd drive the extra six hours to be able to carry as many bags as I want and avoid the other airport hassles. We drive when we can.

    Sheila
     
  5. maleficentmom

    maleficentmom Mouseketeer

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    didn't catch where you were coming from..but in Johnson City (TRI is the airport code) we have Allegiant Air to/from FL. Also they have Airtran and Allegiant Air in Knoxville and AirTran in Asheville, NC. I guess Nashville or Greenville SC might be the next options.:thumbsup2
     
  6. maxiesmom

    maxiesmom The Mean Squinty Eye Works

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    We would actually fly out of Michigan--usually Grand Rapids, Flint, or Detroit. I keep checking flights to Knoxville, because I thought that was the one closest to Pigeon Forge. But I was hoping you guys would have other suggestions that may be a bit cheaper.

    There would be 6 of us, so even with a big suv there is not a ton of room for extra stuff. And I like the idea of getting there quicker.:thumbsup2
     

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