New report: The best and worst airports in America


Much has been made about the struggles airlines go through to provide passengers with all the latest technology and creature comforts, but the best airports are pulling out all the stops, too.

To that end, San Diego International Airport has been deemed the nation’s best airport, according to a study conducted by airline site The Points Guy.

New study lists the best airports in America

The site points to a number of qualities that put the Southern California airport at the top of the list, including:

  • A superior record for on-time flights
  • Favorable commute time for passengers
  • Amenities like lounges, restaurants and more

The Points Guy used staff researchers, statistics from the Department of Transportation and metrics from traffic analytics firm Inrix to compile its list of the nation’s best airports.

Now in its fourth year, the study has increased its emphasis on airport amenities, reasoning that it was one of the areas that was solely up to each respective facility. Let’s look at the top 10:

Here are the 10 best airports in America

Rank Airport City / State
1 San Diego International Airport San Diego, CA
2 Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Phoenix, AZ
3 Portland International Airport Portland, OR
4 Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Atlanta, GA
5 Sacramento International Airport Sacramento, CA
6 Sea-Tac International Airport Seattle, WA
7 San Francisco International Airport San Francisco, CA
8 Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport San Jose, CA
9 Indianapolis International Airport Indianapolis, IND
10 John Wayne Airport Santa Ana, CA

Some airports located in the South and Midwest had the dubious distinction of ranking at the bottom of the list, according to The Points Guy criteria.

Florida airports filled three of the last five spots out of 50.

The 5 worst airports in America are:

  • Midway Airport (Chicago)
  • Orlando International Airport
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
  • Detroit Metropolitan Airport
  • Southwest Florida International Airport (Fort Myers)

Check out The Points Guy for the complete list.

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Which U.S. airports would you rank the best and worst? Let us know in the comments below!


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