The 15 worst airports in America: RANKED

David McNew/Getty ImagesA jet comes in for landing at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • The Points Guy, recently released a ranking of the 15 worst airports in America.
  • By looking at amenities, accessibility, and timeliness, the travel website was able to compile a report that ranked airports based on aspects that are most important to travellers.
  • The rankings focused on specific factors such as the timeliness of arrivals and departures; the number of lounges; restaurant and shopping options; as well as transportation costs to and from the airports.
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport was ranked as the worst airport in the country, with LaGuardia Airport coming in as the second-worst.


Everyone knows travelling is a hassle, but sometimes being at a specific airport makes the experience that much worse.

The travel website, The Points Guy, recently released a ranking of the 15 worst airports in America. Using data collected from the Department of Transportation, the airports themselves, and third parties, the website evaluated each airport on factors such as timeliness of arrivals and departures; the number of lounges; restaurant and shopping options; as well as the cost of transportation to and from the facility.

By looking at amenities, accessibility, and timeliness, The Points Guy was able to compile a report that ranked airports based on aspects that are most important to travellers.


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And from a traveller’s angle, their rankings appear pretty objective. Anyone who has passed through Midway Airport in Chicago knows it is a barren place with few amenities-it is ranked last in The Points Guy’s “amenities” category. The same goes for accessibility, as any New Yorker can tell you that getting to JFK Airport in Queens is an absolute nightmare-that airport is ranked last in the survey’s “accessibility” category.

John F. Kennedy International Airport was ranked as the worst airport in the country.

The Points Guy editors wrote that JFK Airport had, “nearly universally poor scores for delays (third worst), cancellations (fourth worst, though LGA was worst), the longest time to drive to from the center of the city (68 minutes!) and a three-way tie for the longest connection times.”

Take a look at the 15 worst airports in America, according to The Points Guy:


15. Boston Logan International Airport


14. Denver International Airport

Kit Leong/shutterstockThe famous tent-like roof of the Denver International Airport

13. Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

floridastock/shutterstockA view from above BWI.

12. Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

ESBProfessional/shutterstockThe main hall inside Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

11. Detroit Metropolitan Airport

Kate Scott/shutterstockA view outside Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

10. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

EQRoy/shutterstockThe Sea-Tac Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) is the largest airport in the Pacific Northwest of the United States.

9. San Francisco International Airport

Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesA view of the international terminal at San Francisco International Airport.

8. Dallas Fort-Worth International Airport


7. Orlando International Airport

Sean Pavone/shutterstockInterior atrium of Orlando International Airport.

6. Chicago O’Hare International Airport

EQRoy/shutterstockView of the Hall of Flags in Terminal 3 from American Airlines at Chicago O’Hare International Airport

5. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

Nejron Photo/shutterstockAn aerial view of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

4. Los Angeles International Airport

David McNew/Getty ImagesA jet comes in for landing at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

3. Newark Liberty International Airport

John Moore/GettyNewark Liberty International Airport is seen from a Customs and Border Protection (CBP), helicopter.

2. LaGuardia Airport


1. John F. Kennedy International Airport

EQRoy/shutterstockInterior view of Terminal 1 at the John F. Kennedy International Airport.

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