Does anyone like going to the airport? Whether you find it glamorous or treacherous, passing through an airport is a hard event to avoid if you want to see the world. But not all airports are created equal, apparently.
This year, the travel information and resource company Frommer’s ranked the 10 “worst” airports in the United States based on “flight delays, security wait times, customer satisfaction surveys and expert advice”.
These are the 10 worst airports in usaaccording to Frommer:
10. Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) — The layout and location of this Virginia airport was among the outlet’s top complaints, even though it was known for its attractive construction. Airport manager Richard Golinowski recently said The Washington Post he is aware that some of the older buildings are “starting to see problems”, but noted that they are working to address these issues, including adding a 14-door lobby that is due for completion in 2026.
9. West Virginia Yeager International Airport (CRW) – The location of this airport in Charleston, West Virginia is labeled “scary” by Frommer’s – the site is surrounded on all sides by cliffs. The facility was previously known only as Yeager Airport, but was renamed in January to be classed as “international”. WOWK in the Charleston Reports. However, its international US customs service will not be ready until December.
8. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) – Delays and cancellations landed this massive North Central Texas hub at No. 8 on the list. But DFW recently became the US airport with the most nonstop flights (a title it previously held) and currently offers about 239 nonstop destinations, according to aviation media. single flight.
7. Denver International Airport (DIA) — Turbulence. Denver is surrounded by mountainous and hilly areas, which can result in bumpier flights than many are used to. (Apparently, mountains + wind = atmospheric waves.) The Federal Aviation Administration has a Tips from the mountain flying manual that Frommer’s notes might be helpful here.
6. Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) – This Ohio airport is being rung by Frommer’s for needed updates and lack of space. A 2019 J.D. Power the customer satisfaction study placed CLE even worse, coming second to last.
5. Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) — Heavy traffic and closed roads near the main airport in the City of Brotherly Love make travel difficult for passengers, say Frommer and JD Power. The latter named PHL good last on his 2021 airport customer satisfaction investigation.
4. O’Hare International Airport (ORD) — Chicago’s massive airport is still considered too small by Frommer’s, and frequently delayed flights haven’t helped its ranking. Meanwhile, JD Power ranked it last in its 2021 customer satisfaction survey for “mega” size airports.
3. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) — It may be the only airport with a two-part “LOST” episode named after him, but obtain lost to this is also a complaint, based on the ratings. The airport is known for having a “confusing” layout and, like most of Los Angeles, traffic issues.
2. LaGuardia Airport (LGA) — One of New York’s major airports is behind schedule on the clock, as Frommer says, delays and cancellations are common at LGA. The data of the United States Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) shows that 22.52% of flights were delayed or canceled from July 2019 to July 2021. To address some of these issues, LGA has undergone some changes (see below).
1. Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) – BTS data shows that 24.29% of flights at this New Jersey airport were delayed or canceled between July 2019 and July 2021. Recently, EWR was removed from the NYC code by the International Air Transport Association, reported Travel + Leisure. What does this mean for flyers? Possibly less competition for flights and therefore higher prices for travelers to New York, according to T+L. Yahoo! Finance reports that the change is set to go into effect on October 3.
LaGuardia, the second worst on Frommer’s list, has since undergone billions of dollars of renovations, transforming what Bloomberg called a “once infamous” airport in June into an airport named the best in design and architecture by an international jury for the Versailles prices Award.
Meanwhile, Fundera, a small business resource site run by NerdWallet, also ranked the five worst regional airports for business travelers based on convenience and flight performance/availability. Its “worst” airports were, in order from worst to worst: Palm Beach International Airport, Albuquerque International Sunport, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, Anchorage Ted Stevens International Airport, and Memphis International Airport.
Fundera found Memphis Airport’s only business lounge and lack of direct flights, ultimately ranking it the worst, travel channel reported. But proving that “the best” and the “worst” can be in the eye of the beholder, Fundera ranked LAX – Frommer’s third-worse – as his fifth better for business travelers, citing affordable parking fees and flight availability.
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