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2019’s Best And Worst Airports In America

By Danielle Dorsey

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Navigating through airports isn’t particularly enjoyable, but the fun that awaits us once we arrive at our destinations makes it a fair trade-off. The Points Guy is helping passengers improve their airport experiences with the release of a list that ranks the best and worst airports in the country. Scores are given based on a variety of factors including sustainability efforts, local community involvement, city traffic analytics, as well as on-time departure and arrival statistics. 

This year, San Diego International Airport tops the list for its on-time flight record, amenities, and convenient location, just seven minutes from downtown. Chicago’s Midway International Airport was given the title of worst airport in 2019, thanks to its paltry amenities, poor punctuality, and its distance from the city center. 

Here’s The Points Guy’s full list of the 25 best and worst airports in America: 

The 25 best airports in America in 2019

25. Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport

24. Tampa International Airport

23. Mccarran International Airport (Las Vegas)


22. JFK International Airport (NYC)

21. Nashville International Airport

20. Salt Lake City International Airport

19. Washington Dulles International Airport

18. Philadelphia International Airport

17. George Bush Intercontinental Airport (Houston)

16. Los Angeles International Airport

15. St. Louis Lambert International Airport

14. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

13. Charlotte Douglas International Airport

12. Miami International Airport

11. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

10. John Wayne Airport (Orange County)

9. Indianapolis International Airport

8. Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport

7. San Francisco International Airport

6. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

5. Sacramento International Airport

4. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

3. Portland International Airport

2. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

1. San Diego International Airport

The 25 worst airports in America in 2019

25. Honolulu International Airport

24. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport

23. Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

22. Ronald Regan Washington National Airport

21. O’Hare International Airport (Chicago)

20. Denver International Airport

19. Boston Logan International Airport

18. San Antonio International Airport

17. Newark Liberty International Airport

16. Pittsburgh International Airport

15. John Glenn Columbus International Airport

14. Dallas Love Field Airport

13. Oakland International Airport

12. Raleigh-Durham International Airport

11. Kansas City International Airport

10. Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (Puerto Rico)

9. William P. Hobby Airport (Houston)

8. Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

7. Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

6. Laguardia Airport (NYC)

5. Southwest Florida International Airport (Fort Myers)

4. Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport

3. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

2. Orlando International Airport

1. Chicago Midway International Airport

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