Here Are the Best, Worst US Airports

The New York area needs a definite upgrade
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2019 8:36 AM CST
Here Are the Best, Worst US Airports
In this July 18, 2018, file photo, commercial jets are seen at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, NJ.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

If you're traveling, the tristate area around the Big Apple may be the last place you want to fly in and out of. The Wall Street Journal took a look at America's 20 biggest airports, as well as the 20 largest airports after that (what the Journal deems "medium-sized"), looking at such factors as convenience (which includes everything from WiFi speed to how much walking visitors need to do); reliability (e.g., arrival delays, canceled flights, and TSA wait times); and value, including average fares and parking costs. The New York area's three major airports all fell at the bottom of the rankings. "We know we have a very, very long way to go," says Rick Cotton, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which is handling a $24 billion revamp at JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark airports. Here, the five best large airports and their corresponding airport codes:

  1. Phoenix (PHX)
  2. Denver (DEN)
  3. Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
  4. Detroit Metro (DTW)
  5. Orlando (MCO)
The five worst large airports:
  1. Newark (EWR)
  2. New York JFK (JFK)
  3. Philadelphia (PHL)
  4. Miami (MIA)
  5. Chicago O'Hare (ORD)
Read on for rankings of America's midsize airports.

The best midsize airports:

  1. Tampa (TPA)
  2. Portland (PDX)
  3. Austin (AUS)
  4. Nashville (BNA)
  5. Sacramento (SMF)
The worst midsize airports:
  1. New York LaGuardia (LGA)
  2. Chicago Midway (MDW)
  3. Washington Dulles (IAD)
  4. New Orleans (MSY)
  5. St. Louis (STL)
Check out the full rankings. (Here, America's best airlines.)

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