USA Airports Ranked by Frequent Flyers

I found this list somewhere, around 1995 when I first started traveling full time again.
The rankings were published in USA today. I added my own personal opinions.

Hot Travel News Updates:

A passenger survey has ranked Tampa airport as the best among the nation's top 36 airports. Detroit Metropolitan airport ranked last. The results were based upon eight categories: speed of baggage delivery; ease of reaching gates; available ground transportation; ease of following signs; cleanliness; quality of restaurants; attractiveness; and proximity of parking. The private survey was commissioned by the 36 big airports.

Here is a summary of my ratings, followed by the USA Today list with MY ratings (only 4 categories).

MY Top

Nice

OK

Dislike

Poor

MY WORST

Baltimore

Atlanta

Chicago Midway

Cincinnati

Denver

Boston

Las Vegas

Charlotte

Chicago OHare

Kansas City

Houston-Bush

Detroit

Oakland

Hou-Hobby

Dallas-FtWorth

Memphis

NY LaGuardia

Miami

Orlando

Nashville

Los Angeles

Minneapolis

Pittsburgh

New York JFK

Phoenix

Raleigh

Newark

Sacramento

SanFrancisco

Philadelphia

Tampa

Salt Lake City

Pittsburgh

Washington Natl

Washington Dulles

St Louis

USA

Airport

Me

L

F

A

S

My Comments

1.

Tampa

Top

My home airport & my favorite. Recent facelift added light.

xx.

Orlando

Top

Not listed. Very nice, but a little too big of scale.

2

Pittsburgh

OK

Good food & stores, Horrible Location

3.

Charlotte

Nice

Nice & Clean, easy walks, too far away.

4.

Nashville

Nice

Clean & roomy, walk to rentals, poor location.

5.

Denver

Bad

Way too big, way too far, crazy trains. Good food and stores.

6.

Phoenix

Top

So convenient. Too bad Hertz moved off site.

7.

Las Vegas

Top

Clean and lit. Near the city. Play the slots on layover

8.

Salt Lake City

OK

I've never liked it, small & crowded.

9.

Atlanta

Nice

Efficient, good food. Long walks/trains no problem to me.

10.

Baltimore

Top

Old favorite. Very convenient from Philly to DC, good rentals.

xx.

Houston-Hobby

OK

My favorite way into Houston central & south.

11.

Honolulu

???

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Never Been There

12.

Seattle

OK

OK Location, OK Facility.

13.

Kansas City

Bad

Too far, bad layout, very clean.

14.

Minneapolis

Poor

Poor layout, too much walking

15.

Oakland

Top

Older airport, but so very convenient for roads and rentals.

16.

Memphis

OK

Long walks, small & crowded, much improved. I don't use NWA.

17.

Houston-Bush

Poor

Poor access, strange rental & gates, too far

18.

Raleigh-Durham

Nice

Fresh, accessible

19.

Windsor Locks

???

One visit. Too far away, nice clean place.

20.

Chicago O'Hare

OK

Very long walks. I like the blue line or a shuttle van.

21.

San Francisco

Poor

Crazy freeway traffic, new rental garage is awful, need BART!

xx.

Cincinnati

Poor

Not rated. Too far, poor layout, commuter terminal is bad.

22.

Sacramento

???

One visit, just seemed OK, kinda far away.

23.

St Louis

Worst

Crazy terminal layout, rental car access.

24.

Washington Dulles

Bleah

Too far, crazy access, rolling jetways are wierd!

25.

Dallas Ft Worth

Bleah

Too much walking, rental shuttles crazy. Fix the train!

26.

Newark

OK

New shuttle train is great! Unpleasant gate layout.

27.

Miami

Bleah

Congested, crazy layout.

28.

Portland

???

One visit, seemed ok.

29.

Los Angeles

OK

I like LAX, terminal loop goes fast, gate area too mammoth

30.

Philadelphia

Worst

I HATE THIS AIRPORT. Street and terminal layout is crazy.

31.

New Yok LaGuardia

Bleah

Horrible layout, difficult to get to.

32.

Chicago Midway

OK

I like Midway, the little airport that could. Short walks.

33.

Washington Natl

Bleah

Old RR was better, bad parking/rental/streets, Metro great!

34.

Boston Logan

Worst

Callahan Tunnel. Terminal shuttle maze. Awful gate area.

35.

New York JFK

Worst

Awful access, bad layout, expensive!

36.

Detroit

Worst

C-Gates, G-Gates, freeway bottleneck, old terminal is a maze.

Key to My Personal Rating:

L

Location

Geographic Location, Access to City, Surface Roads and Layout

F

Facility

Building Layout, Tickets/Baggage, Gates/Trains, Concourses Access, Rental Cars

A

Amenities

Crown Rooms, Restaurants, Stores

S

Schedules

My experiences: Flight Availablity / Convenience / Delays


Original upload: May 2000
Last Update on: February 10, 2002