Riddle: What is the Best Airport & the Worst Airport?

If you can’t answer our riddle – when is the best airport the worst airport – you probably haven’t seen the latest survey from Expedia (a fine site and FareCompare partner). After all, it offers somewhat contradictory information such as Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International coming out on top in both best and worst airport categories.

LISTEN: Rick Seaney often races through airports, find out which ones he likes.

Best and Worst Airports

We’ve contacted Expedia to see if they can offer any information about why Atlanta was both beloved and despised and will update with any response. Meanwhile, our best tongue-in-cheek guess is Stockholm syndrome, as sometimes occurs when hostages (passengers) bond with their captors (airports). UPDATE: A spokesman for Expedia explained that survey respondents were not asked to provide specifics on their love for/hatred of the airports they named.

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Favorite Airports

Least Favorite Airports

1. Atlanta (ATL) 1. Atlanta (ATL)
2. Denver (DEN) 2. Chicago O’Hare (ORD)
3. Chicago O’Hare (ORD) 3. Houston – Bush (IAH)
4. Dallas (DFW) 4. New York (JFK)
5. Orlando (MCO) 5. New York (LGA)

Poor New York. Which reminds us, where’s Newark (EWR)? Ah, in the next list.

Best and Worst for Airport Dining

This one is easier to figure out, since presumably you have more options at the best of these facilities but once again, Atlanta pulls off the neat trick of making both lists which surprises us since every time we turn around, we receive another press release about Hartsfield’s latest hot dining spot (Grindhouse Killer Burgers, anyone?).

Best Food & Beverage Airports

Worst Food & Beverage Airports

1. Atlanta (ATL) 1. Los Angeles (LAX)
2. Chicago O’Hare (ORD) 2. New York (LGA)
3. Dallas (DFW) 3. Atlanta (ATL)
4. New York (JFK) 4. Las Vegas (LAS)
5. San Francisco (SFO) 5. Newark (EWR)

After looking over all these lists, all we can say is – nice job, Dallas (DFW).

Where are the Best Airports in the World?

Factor in global airports, and few U.S. facilities make best lists, which are nearly always dominated by Asian airports, and you can see a sample best-in-world list here.


Published: May 12, 2014