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With record numbers of people traveling by plane this summer, it’s inevitable that many people will spend a great deal of time in airports.
Love them or hate them, the airport experience is both the first and last point of most trips, so if possible why not choose the ones people really like?
While there are many lists awarding the best airports in the world, it’s not often that real-life travelers pick their favorites. Travel website TravelAwaits has done just that with its annual Best Of Travel Awards, nominated and chosen by its readers.
with his 2023 Awards for the best of tripsTravelAwaits has found the following US airports to be favorites among its readers.
The winner is Kansas City International Airport, the rest of the list is airports located across the country, each location offering various conveniences and reasons to (almost) enjoy spending time waiting for your flights.
Here are the 8 US airports that travelers love:
1. Kansas City International Airport (MCI)
Taking the number one spot is this Missouri airport, for more reasons than just its famous Kansas City barbecue. This airport is not even close to one of the busiest in the United States, and it will serve just under 10 million travelers in 2022.
What was once considered an outdated and inefficient design has now been transformed into a new terminal featuring a major public art project. Not to mention, the building takes the prize for being the largest glass installation in the United States.
And PS: Don’t forget the barbecue!
However, those glass bridges 👌
2. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
Atlanta airport is the busiest in the world, with nearly 100 million passengers passing through its terminals in 2022 alone. By some estimates, Atlanta airport can be reached in about two hour flight around 80 percent from the country.
As the home of Delta Airlines, ATL is literally always busy. To meet customer demand, the number of shops, entertainment, and restaurants is top-notch.
3. Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
This Chicago airport is another major hub of the US, and in 2022 there were almost 70 million travelers coming and going. As Chicago’s much busier airport (compared to Midway), it is used to handling large amounts of traffic and therefore tends to get people in and out quickly.
The airport has good connections to local transport and plenty of restaurants and shops to keep you busy if you don’t have enough time to explore the Windy City.
4. San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
As one of the busiest hubs on the West Coast, San Francisco International Airport helped around 40 million travelers reach their destinations in 2022. The airport wins favor for being accessible, having a clean and modern environment, and be compact and not overwhelming.
The gastronomic options are varied and extensive, so much so that the airport has been recognized as the best in the country for dining. An interesting fact is that SFO is one of the few airports in the country that does not use TSA, instead using private contractors.
5. Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP)
Just over 30 million travelers have relied on Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport to reach their destinations in 2022, making it an important fixture for American travelers.
MSP often ranks quite high in customer satisfaction, thanks to the more than 20,000 « Minnesota Nice » people the airport employs. The airport has a public piano, access to public transportation, and a 1.4-mile walking path at Terminal One.
@anonymousairport Stroll through Minneapolis – St. Paul International Airport (MSP) #airport #travel #hotel #aviation #airportlife #aviationlovers #viajestiktok #fyp #for you #paratupagina #aviation #aviationtiktok #viajestiktok #avgeek #Minnesota #minneapolis #minnesotacheck #minnesotavikings #Saint Paul #Twins ##twin cities ♬ original sound – Airports Anonymous
6. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport saw around 45 million travelers in 2022 and is a major hub for American Airlines and a base for Southwest Airlines.
There aren’t too many international flights here every day, so immigration and customs shouldn’t cause big delays, and the airport is close to the center. The dessert theme helps bring the outside in, and there are plenty of places to shop and eat.
7. Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
With around 22 million passengers in 2022, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is not one of the busiest in the region, but it has been ranked as a favorite among travelers.
Just nine miles from Baltimore and just over 30 miles from Washington, DC, this airport makes getting between the East Coast and far-flung destinations easier than the larger airports in this area.
It offers plenty of low-cost carriers, plenty of great dining and drinking options, and even a bike path that wraps around the airport if you need to get out and stretch your legs on a long layover.
8. Palm Springs International Airport (PSP)
Serving only around 3 million travelers in 2022, the Palm Springs airport may seem small, but it is growing rapidly and is projected to expand every year.
This airport wins people over with its luxury shops and desert landscape that blends seamlessly into the local environment, not to mention its courtyard and grassy area to relax before a flight.
@heybrandonwakeup What airport is better than this? #Palm Springs #airportlife #airports #best trip #viajestiktok #California ♬ California Dreamin’ – Moms and Dads
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