Best Airports in the USA
It’s no secret that U.S. Airports pale in comparison to their international counterparts, but these select few rise above the rest. An increasingly crumbling infrastructure and increased demand has put some serious stress on most of our airports.
Skytrax, a leading aviation consumer reviewer has released its results of their yearly review, and I have the top airports ranked here. A survey was presented to over 13 million flyers and the rankings included over 500 airports. I’ve trusted their legwork before and they always do good work.
JFK- New York, John F Kennedy Airport
JFK services the biggest city in the United States and after years of being ranked near the bottom, vast improvements have corrected many of its shortcomings. The dated 1960’s terminals are long gone and have been replaced by more modern aesthetics. Governor Cuomo has recently committed almost 10 billion in future renovations and improvements, so hopefully it flies up this list. The new AirTrain connects the New York MTA subway system with the ever busy airport, making it ultra convenient to access JFK.
Others have ranked this airport near the bottom, but our research shows that the passengers like JFK much better than any other regional airport. Since New York is the largest market in the US, it makes sense to include one of their airports.
DFW – Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
DFW is one of America’s busiest airports, funneling 64 million people through its gates yearly. The airport is a favorite among many passengers because of their local food selection, varied entertainment and leisure activities. DFW’s circular design makes it easy and convenient for transfers to make their flights. The intra-airport transportation also makes it easier for weary travelers to get to their destinations.
As an American Airlines hub and suitable access to Latin America, many flyers make stops at DFW and appreciate everything it has to offer. The barbeque is especially strong at this airport, and the smell may permeate your flights cabin.
SEA – Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
SEA is the Pacific Northwest’s busiest airport and Hub to Alaska Airlines. Acting as a gateway for Delta and all of their Far East fights, the international aspect of this airport are on full display. SeaTac is noted by passengers for having a myriad of dinning options and in general being one of the cleanest airports in the United States.
Large investments have shown marked improvements in the overall experience of the Sea-Tac airport. An interesting initiative applied here is their Sea-Tac Music Experience, which is a free music streaming service featuring local artists and community flavor.
ATL – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
ATL is the busiest airport in the world, according to Skytrax, with over 101 million annual passengers. Hartsfield is huge, covering almost 7 million square feet with 207 gates in both their domestic and international terminals. A hub for Delta and their 800 plus airplane fleet, the addition of a fifth runway has alleviated much of their delays.
Southern food galore can be found at this airport, while passengers enjoy regional food they can take in an expansive African art collection. Free Wi-Fi and a very convenient inter-terminal transit system have helped rank this airport near the top for years. Not to mention the incredible spas and shops that line the concourses. ATL may be busy but they are efficient and have an excellent delay record.
SFO – San Francisco International Airport
Situated right on the San Francisco Bay and servicing one of America’s most densely populated regions, SFO is a top airport in form and function. The very “coastal elite” airport is unabashedly Californian with free yoga rooms, local artisan eateries and upscale shops. The terminals may feel cramped but they’re extremely easy to navigate and use their limited space efficiently.
SFO is a busy airport that serves as a hub for Virgin America and United Airlines. Make sure your window is up on your decent into the airport as you should have amazing views of San Francisco and the entire Bay area. Traveling with kids, check out the awesome aviation museum and interactive flight deck.
DEN – Denver International Airport
Den may be the most aesthetically pleasing airport on the list with its stunning architecture and roofline that resembles native teepees. The Mile High airport stays near the top of the list for busiest US airports. Passengers rave about the interesting and unique art program throughout the airport. There are plenty of places to eat and shop as DEN boasts over 140 stores and eateries.
DEN has been ranked as one of the cleanest airports and has a very polite and friendly atmosphere. Fun fact: DEN is one of only two airports (ABQ) where you can buy some amazing local green chili.
CVG – Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
By far the smallest airport on out list, CVG beats all other challengers with their effective and efficient website. The website alerts passengers of security wait times and parking spaces available. Passengers rave about the airports short lines and modern conveniences. With only 6 million yearly passengers, CVG may be small but its efficiency should be replicated though out the country.
Travelers love the airfields collection of industrial murals and overall ease of movement. The open design makes the small airport seem massive and make layovers tolerable. Showing all other airports how technology and innovations combined with thoughtful design can create a winning formula.