In the survey, released this week by Travel Leaders Group, Hartsfield, the world’s busiest airport, was also named the best for amenities and dining while also topping the list with the “best services for business travelers.”
In total, 40.5 percent of respondents named the Atlanta airport as the nation’s best for people with flight connections. Coincidentally, the Atlanta airport was also named by 33 percent of respondents as the worst, ranking it third on the list travelers with connections should avoid; Chicago’s O’Hare topped that list.
“Major airports have transformed considerably in the last decade to accommodate the shift in the amount of time travelers spend there. More amenities have been added to appeal to travelers – and in many cases, to occupy their time – while they wait for their flights,” Travel Leaders Group CEO Barry Liben said in a release.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Detroit Metro Airport rounded out the survey’s five best. New York’s JFK, Hartsfield, New York’s LaGuardia and Newark Liberty International rounded out top five worst.
“At some of the busiest airports around the United States, there has been an explosion in service such as mini spas and salons, along with a retooling of the retail space toward higher-end goods and electronics,” Liben said. “The most significant change has been in the dining options.
“While food courts still exist, there are more and more health-conscious options and a real trend toward upscale cafés, restaurants and bars,” Liben added. “In our survey, we wanted to see which airports seem to resonate most positively with our clients in number of categories.”
Anyone traveling with kids should consider Orlando International Airport. In what is probably no surprise, survey respondents named the Central Florida airport the best airport for travelers with kids.
While there, travelers may want to also consider visiting some of that city’s popular attractions, such as Walt Disney World.
The survey included 930 owners, managers and travel experts nationwide who said they book flights for clients.
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