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The best and worst US airports: San Diego is ranked No1, Chicago Midway is rated worst by Points Guy

The best and worst US airports in 2019 revealed: San Diego is ranked No1, with Phoenix Sky Harbor in second place and Chicago Midway bottom of the pile

  • Aviation website The Points Guy created the ranking using three criteria 
  • These were airport amenities, punctuality and ease of access to the airport 
  • Among the highly ranked airports are Portland and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta
  • Orlando International, Fort Lauderdale and Detroit  came bottom of the pile

The best and worst US airports for 2019 have been revealed – and it’s San Diego International in the number one spot.

A new study ranks 50 of the busiest hubs in America, taking into account the following factors – airport amenities, how accessible the airport is to travel to and the punctuality of departures and arrivals.

Coming second in the list is Phoenix Sky Harbor International – which was top last year – with Chicago Midway International rooted at the bottom.

The best airport for 2019 in America is San Diego International, pictured, according to The Points Guy

Coming second in the list is Phoenix Sky Harbor International in Arizona

Coming second in the list is Phoenix Sky Harbor International in Arizona

The ranking has been created by aviation website The Points Guy, which based its findings on its staff experiences, reader feedback and statistics from the US Department of Transportation.

The Points Guy explained that San Diego International comes out on top as it has a ‘healthy dose of amenities, a superior record of on-time flights and an incredibly convenient location’. 

The aviation website explained that Phoenix’s slip to second is due to its ‘runway closing from early January to late February in 2018’.

In third place is Portland Oregon International Airport followed by Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International – one of the busiest hubs in the US – in fourth.

Sacramento International Airport is in fifth place and sixth place is occupied by Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

The ranking has been created by aviation website The Points Guy. In third place is Portland Oregon International Airport

The ranking has been created by aviation website The Points Guy. In third place is Portland Oregon International Airport

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International - one of the busiest hubs in the US - is placed fourth

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International – one of the busiest hubs in the US – is placed fourth

The rest of the top 10 is made up of San Francisco International (seventh), Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (eighth), Indianapolis International Airport (ninth) and John Wayne Airport, Orange County, California (10th).

At the other end of the ranking, bottom-placed Chicago-Midway was criticised for only having one lounge, ‘a relatively bare-bones smattering of restaurants and other services despite a $75 million renovation’.

The Points Guy also claims that it is not convenient to get to from downtown Chicago, despite its location within the city.

Other airports faring badly include Orlando International (49th), Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (48th), Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County (47th) and South West Florida International (46th).

Chicago-Midway comes bottom of the ranking for having only one lounge and 'a relatively bare-bones smattering of restaurants'

Chicago-Midway comes bottom of the ranking for having only one lounge and ‘a relatively bare-bones smattering of restaurants’ 

As well as creating an overall ranking, The Points Guy also came up with three separate top-five lists for airport amenities, commuting and on-time performance.

For amenities, JFK in New York is top followed by Dallas Fort Worth, San Francisco International, Newark Liberty and LAX.

San Diego International tops the list for commuting. It’s followed by Phoenix Sky Harbor, Charlotte Douglas International, Ronald Reagan Washington and Sacramento International.

In terms of on-time flights, Portland International comes top followed by Honolulu International, Seattle-Tacoma International, Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International and Salt Lake City International. 

MailOnline Travel has contacted Chicago Midway International Airport for comment.  

AMERICA’S BEST AND WORST AIRPORTS 

1. San Diego International Airport

2. Phoenix Sky Harbor International

3. Portland (Oregon) International Airport

4. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

5. Sacramento International Airport

6. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

7. San Francisco International Airport

8. Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport

9. Indianapolis International Airport

10. John Wayne Airport, Orange County, California

11. Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

12. Miami International Airport

13. Charlotte Douglas International Airport

14. Austin Bergstrom International Airport

15. St Louis Lambert International Airport

16. Los Angeles International Airport

17. George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston

18. Philadelphia International Airport

19. Washington Dulles International Airport

20. Salt Lake City International Airport

21. Nashville International Airport

22. John F Kennedy International Airport, New York

23. McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas

24. Tampa International Airport

25. Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

26. Honolulu International Airport

27. Cincinatti/Northern Kentucky International Airport

28. Minneapolis- Saint Paul International Airport

29. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

30. O’Hare International Airport, Chicago

31. Denver International Airport

32. Boston Logan International Airport

33. San Antonio International Airport

34. Newark Liberty International Airport

35. Pittsburgh International Airport

36. John Glenn Columbus International Airport

37. Dallas Love Field International Airport

38. Oakland International Airport

39. Raleigh Durham International Airport

40. Kansas City International Airport

41. Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, Puerto Rico

42. William P. Hobby Airport, Houston

43. Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

44. Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

45. LaGuardia Airport, New York

46. South West Florida International Airport

47. Detriot Metropolitan Wayne County Airport

48. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

49. Orlando International Airport

50. Chicago Midway International Airport

Source: The Points Guy 

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