Best And Worst Airports 2018
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Airports. If you’re a frequent flyer, they encapsulate both the best and worst of traveling: the majesty and mystery of yet-unconquered destinations and awe-inspiring aviation technology, and the ignominy of paying $20 at a newsstand for the world’s worst sandwich while trying to beat a gaggle of loud tourists to your gate. We love and we hate our airports, and we aren’t shy about playing favorites.
Two years have passed since we last did our rankings of the best and worst US airports, which means it’s time to revisit the places where we suck down day-old Hudson News turkey wraps and see what’s changed since 2016.
And the answer is quite a lot, starting with how we conducted our study. We’re always working to refine our methodology and incorporate what we’ve learned, but rejiggering our formulas and criteria for what makes an airport great required us to do a little navel gazing and ask ourselves what’s important to our TPG staff and readers. High on that list is comfort and services, a category we expanded this year and rolled up, together with other factors, into a broader category we called “amenities.”
The other two categories we looked at this year were “accessibility” — how convenient each airport is to the local metropolis and area travelers — and “timeliness.” The latter reflects how good a job each airport does at getting passengers where they’re going. As in 2016, timeliness was the most heavily weighted category in our assessment. After all, if you’re an airport that can’t get travelers home, you’re really just a glorified mall with the world’s most depressing line to get in.”
The Best and Worst
The top and bottom scorers didn’t shock us, for the most part. The winners’ circle was full of familiar faces, including top-scoring Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX), Salt Lake City (SLC), Portland and San Diego (SAN). And yet again, to no one’s astonishment, New Yorkers are saddled with the nation’s worst trio of airports, with New York-JFK neck and neck in a race to the bottom against neighbors LaGuardia (LGA) and Newark Liberty (EWR).
Salt Lake City
TX George Bush Airport
VA Ronald Reagan Washington
Las Vegas Maccarren
Hawaii Daniel Inouye
Fort Lauderdale, FL