The 15 worst airports in America: RANKED

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A jet comes in for landing at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) David McNew/Getty Images
  • 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

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

13. Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

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A view from above BWI. floridastock/shutterstock

12. Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

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

11. Detroit Metropolitan Airport

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A view outside Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Kate Scott/shutterstock

10. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

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

9. San Francisco International Airport

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

8. Dallas Fort-Worth International Airport

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7. Orlando International Airport

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Interior atrium of Orlando International Airport. Sean Pavone/shutterstock

6. Chicago O’Hare International Airport

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

5. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

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

4. Los Angeles International Airport

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

3. Newark Liberty International Airport

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

2. LaGuardia Airport


1. John F. Kennedy International Airport

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