America’s Best and Worst Airports

Few things try a traveler’s patience like a bad airport experience. To help you plan better, USA Today published the results of a Fundera survey ranking the best and worst U.S. airports.

Fundera, an online marketplace for small business financial solutions, used various data points to rank 46 airports, including those with the highest volumes of traffic, as determined by the Federal Aviation Administration, plus airports in Alaska and Hawaii.

The ranking was based on several weighted factors, including flight delays and cancellations, airport lounges with Wi-Fi, proximity to downtown, parking rates and average hotel rates using Bureau of Transportation Statistics airport performance data and publicly available airport, map and pricing information.

Key results of the study

The best airports for business travelers, led by Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson, are dispersed throughout the country, not centralized in one region.

Dallas Fort Worth International and Denver International rounded out the top three airports. The best airports earned the most points for flight availability, on-time flights, and access to airport lounges.

Smaller, regional airports didn’t make up in flight performance or convenience what they lacked in flight availability. Memphis International was the worst airport for business travelers, followed by Anchorage International and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport claimed the top spot in a newly minted list of best U.S. airports for business travelers with Memphis International Airport being named the worst.

The 5 best airports for business travelers

1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)

  • 386,900 annual flights
  • 82 percent on-time departures and 85 percent on-time arrivals
  • 1 percent of flights canceled

2. Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)

  • 319,100 annual flights
  • 78 percent on-time departures and 78 percent on-time arrivals
  • 1.93 percent of flights canceled

3. Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)

  • 263,000 annual flights
  • 78 percent on-time departures and 80 percent on-time arrivals
  • 1.76 percent of flights canceled

4. Denver International Airport (DEN)

  • 233,700 annual flights
  • 0.62 percent of flights canceled
  • Affordable, $8-per-day airport parking

5. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

  • 220,300 annual flights
  • 82 percent on-time departures and 81 percent on-time arrivals
  • 0.83 percent of flights canceled

The 5 worst airports for business travelers

46. Memphis International Airport (MEM)

  • 14,600 annual flights
  • Airport is 12 miles from downtown
  • One airport lounge with Wi-Fi

45. Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC)

  • 17,200 annual flights
  • 1.76 percent of flights canceled
  • Expensive, $275-per-night average hotel rates

44. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)

  • 18,800 annual flights
  • Two airport lounges with Wi-Fi
  • Airport is 13 miles from downtown

43. Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ)

  • 19,100 annual flights
  • 79 percent on-time departures and 79 percent on-time arrivals
  • No airport lounges with Wi-Fi

42. Palm Beach International Airport (PBI)

  • 24,400 annual flights
  • 75 percent on-time departures and 76 percent on-time arrivals
  • One airport lounge with Wi-Fi

Source: USA Today