By all accounts, air journey hasn’t been simple these days, with crowded planes, flight delays, misplaced baggage and myriad different complications. However what in regards to the airport expertise?

J.D. Energy has simply launched its seventeenth annual checklist of the most effective and worst airports in North America. The group’s Airport Satisfaction Examine ranked the airports in three classes—Mega, Massive and Medium—primarily based on six elements together with terminal amenities, airport arrival/departure, baggage declare, safety test, check-in/baggage test and meals/beverage/retail. The research additionally seemed on the state of passenger satisfaction at the moment.

So what are the winners—and the losers?

Within the Mega airports class, Minneapolis-Saint Paul Worldwide Airport (MSP) ranked first. “Ending inner building initiatives helped MSP. They’re #1 amongst Megas in terminal amenities, TSA, airport entry and baggage declare. In a 12 months that noticed dramatic passenger quantity will increase, MSP dealt with the surge higher than most,” says Michael Taylor, journey intelligence lead at J.D. Energy.

On the backside of the Mega airport checklist: Newark Liberty Worldwide Airport (EWR), which was named the worst Mega airport in America. What went flawed? “Not a lot has ‘gone flawed’ as is ‘hasn’t saved up,’” says Taylor. “EWR is being swamped by passenger quantity and far of its infrastructure simply hasn’t saved tempo with that demand. It’s positioned in a heavy vehicle visitors spot and that doesn’t assist its entry scores—and if passengers are pressured attending to the airport, they have an inclination to remain pressured all through the entire expertise.”

Within the Massive airports class, Tampa Worldwide Airport (TPA) was the winner. This was the primary time TPA made to the highest spot—and it received there because of robust scores throughout all elements. “They’ve spent years creating and ending airport enhancements (akin to new meals/beverage/retail) and creating house for passengers to get pleasure from these attributes,” says Taylor. “The flexibility for an airport to offer rest on premises is an actual premium and TPA has been offering that higher than most airports this previous 12 months.”

On the other finish was Philadelphia Worldwide Airport (PHL), which was named the worst Massive airport in America. The issue: infrastructure. “PHL’s design [approach] has been [to] ‘add on’ to present constructions for the principle terminal, and the entrance finish of the airport simply isn’t sufficiently big to assist the variety of passengers who’re going by means of TSA,” says Taylor. “As soon as by means of, passengers discover {the marketplace} of meals/beverage/retail pretty interesting.”

Coming in on the prime of the Medium airport checklist: Indianapolis Worldwide Airport (IND), which has ranked close to the highest for 3 of the final 4 years (throughout Covid, J.D. Energy didn’t declare a Medium class winner). “IND is likely one of the best-designed terminals within the U.S. (New Orleans MSY is one other),” says Taylor. “On prime of its easy accessibility, its potential to deal with passenger visitors circulate has helped it keep on prime. IND actually stepped up its meals/beverage/retail providers popping out of Covid as properly.”

The worst Medium airport in America: Hollywood Burbank (BUR). “BUR is a sufferer of its personal success,” says Taylor, who factors out that passenger quantity has been working greater than 5 to six% above 2019 ranges, whereas most airports are nonetheless down 9% versus 2019. “As we see in nearly each airport, will increase in passenger volumes create decreases in general satisfaction,” says Taylor. “BUR has had an incredible rebound in passenger quantity and people numbers make for an overcrowded terminal.”

Apart from rating the airports, J.D. Energy’s Airport Satisfaction Examine talks about air traveler satisfaction at the moment. The unhealthy information: Total satisfaction is down 25 factors (on a 1,000-point scale) this 12 months. The issues: fewer flights, extra crowded terminals and sparse meals and beverage choices.

“The mix of pent-up demand for air journey, the nationwide labor scarcity and steadily rising costs on all the things from jet gasoline to a bottle of water have created a situation through which airports are extraordinarily crowded and passengers are more and more annoyed—and it’s more likely to proceed by means of 2023,” says Taylor.

So the place are we headed? “Sadly, issues are more likely to worsen earlier than they get higher,” says Taylor. “Journey demand doesn’t seem like easing up and meaning extra passengers accessing the airport. The diminished variety of plane flying with a better share of seats crammed will imply extra crowding at gates when individuals are flying.”

Additionally contributing to the woes: “The labor scarcity will proceed to curtail the supply of meals/beverage/retail accessibility on the airport… and inflation may even prohibit satisfaction with these actions on the airport.”

The one excellent news, in line with Taylor: “Rising demand for journey is an issue the trade desires to have. What’s wanted now could be higher infrastructure growth and an finish to the labor scarcity.”

Learn on to see the lists of the most effective and worst airports in America; it’s also possible to get extra particulars on J.D. Energy’s survey right here.

Airports Ranked in America: Mega

Right here is J.D. Energy’s checklist of Mega airports—from finest to worst. Mega airports are outlined as these with 33 million or extra passengers per 12 months.

1. Minneapolis-Saint Paul Worldwide Airport

2. San Francisco Worldwide Airport

3. (tie) Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport

3. (tie) John F. Kennedy Worldwide Airport (New York Metropolis)

5. Harry Reid Worldwide Airport (Paradise, Nevada)

6. Orlando Worldwide Airport

7. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Worldwide Airport

8. Dallas/Fort Value Worldwide Airport

9. Miami Worldwide Airport

10. Charlotte Douglas Worldwide Airport

11. Phoenix Sky Harbor Worldwide Airport

12. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Worldwide Airport

13. Seattle-Tacoma Worldwide Airport

14. Denver Worldwide Airport

15. George Bush Intercontinental Airport (Houston, Texas)

16. Toronto Pearson Worldwide Airport

17. Boston Logan Worldwide Airport

18. Los Angeles Worldwide Airport

19. O’Hare Worldwide Airport

20. Newark Liberty Worldwide Airport

Airports Ranked in America: Massive

J.D. Energy’s checklist of Massive airports considers amenities which have 10 to 32.9 million passengers per 12 months. Listed below are the 2022 outcomes, ranked from finest to worst.

1. Tampa Worldwide Airport

2. John Wayne Airport, Orange County

3. Dallas Love Subject

4. Louis Armstrong New Orleans Worldwide Airport

5. Raleigh-Durham Worldwide Airport

6. Salt Lake Metropolis Worldwide Airport

7. Portland Worldwide Airport

8. William P. Pastime Airport

9. San Antonio Worldwide Airport

10. Sacramento Worldwide Airport

11. Vancouver Worldwide Airport

12. Nashville Worldwide Airport

13. Washington Dulles Worldwide Airport

14. San Diego Worldwide Airport

15. Austin-Bergstrom Worldwide Airport

16. Baltimore-Washington Worldwide Thurgood Marshall Airport

17. Calgary Worldwide Airport

18. Oakland Worldwide Airport

19. Ronald Reagan Washington Nationwide Airport

20. Chicago Halfway Worldwide Airport

21. San Jose Worldwide Airport

22. Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau Worldwide Airport

23. St. Louis Lambert Worldwide Airport

24. LaGuardia Airport (New York Metropolis)

25. Kansas Metropolis Worldwide Airport

26. Honolulu Worldwide Airport

27. Philadelphia Worldwide Airport

Airports Ranked in America: Medium

J.D. Energy’s checklist of Medium airports contains operations that deal with 4.5 to 9.9 million passengers per 12 months. This checklist ranks Medium airports from finest to worst.

1. Indianapolis Worldwide Airport

2. Pittsburgh Worldwide Airport

3. Jacksonville Worldwide Airport

4. Southwest Florida Worldwide Airport

5. Common Mitchell Worldwide Airport (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

6. Albuquerque Worldwide

7. Sunport Palm Seaside Worldwide Airport

8. Ontario Worldwide Airport

9. Buffalo Niagara Worldwide Airport

10. Ottawa/Macdonald-Cartier Worldwide Airport

11. John Glenn Columbus Worldwide Airport

12. Edmonton Worldwide Airport

13. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Worldwide Airport

14. Eppley Airfield (Omaha, Nebraska)

15. Bradley Worldwide Airport (Hartford, Connecticut)

16. Cleveland Hopkins Worldwide Airport

17. Kahului Airport (Hawaii)

18. Hollywood Burbank Airport


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