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Study: These are the 5 best and worst airports in America

Posted at 5:14 PM, Aug 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-09 20:34:38-04

PHOENIX — When it comes to the airport, what do you value most? Design and comfort? How fast it takes to get through the security checkpoint? The types of restaurants, bars, and boutique shops that line the terminal? On-time departures and lack of delays?

The Points Guy, a travel website, recently unveiled thefourth installment of its best-and-worst airports in the country.

Here is where the peanuts pretzels fell.

Last year, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport took the top spot, flying past Salt Lake City International Airport, Portland International Airport, San Diego International Airport, and Tampa International Airport.

This year, San Diego International Airport clinched the top spot besting Phoenix Sky Harbor, who ranked second. According to the report, Phoenix lost points because its North Runway was closed for two months last year.

With this year's list, the listing was expanded from 30 to 50 airports, and "tweaked how much we weighed various factors, like increasing the emphasis on airport amenities, reasoning that that’s the area that airports have the most control over." They also looked at how long it would take to get to each city's airport and whether or not a flight there would depart on time or not.

Here are the top 5 airports in the country:

1. San Diego International Airport (SAN)
2. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
3. Portland (Oregon) International Airport (PDX)
4. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
5. Sacramento International Airport (SMF)

Sky Harbor did not rank in the top 5 for on-time flights or amenities, even with the recent Terminal 3 renovations and new restaurants, nor the new restaurants that have opened inside Terminal 4. However, Phoenix's airport did take second when it came to the ease of getting to and from the airport.

Here are the worst 5 airports in the country:

46. Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW)
47. Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW)
48. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
49. Orlando International Airport (MCO)
50. Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)

You can see where the other 40 airports ranked, here.