There are lots of travel awards and “Best of” lists out there in travel.
And now Fodor’s Travel has come out with its own and airports, of course, are on the list.
“Airports are like living creatures –
sprawling, complicated, chameleon-like things that are constantly expanding and
renewing themselves,” said Jeremy Tarr, Fodor’s Travel editorial director, “What
is today’s best airport can quickly become next year’s worst.”
“Burbank is an airport free of most of the
hassles that take the fun out of travel plans,” said Fodor’s managing editor
Rachael Leavitt. “It’s an agreeable airport in a perfect location, which is why
it’s at the top of our list of airports to love.”
Fodor’s gave LAX low points for how difficult it is to get in and out of, especially with several construction projects underway. “Ironically,” notes Fodor’s, “Most of the construction projects are for features that will ultimately improve getting around the infamous LAX ‘horseshoe’” roadway.
“One day the construction will end. And,
one day, there will be a people-mover that will connect the yet-to-be-open
Crenshaw Metro Line to the airport,” Tarr said. “But until then, LAX has earned
a spot at the top of our Worst Airports list – and we’re loathing it.”
Here are the other airports that made Fodor’s
list. Let me know if you agree:
There are dozens of “Best Airports” lists that come out each year. Skytrax is one of the more notable lists that airports and, increasingly, passengers, pay attention to. That’s because the survey is based on extensive customer surveys and evaluates everything from check-in, arrivals and shopping to security and the experience at the gates.
Here are the Top 10 Airports for 2019.
Singapore Changi Airport – winner for the 7th year in a row.
No U.S. airports made that top ten list, but on this list of the “bests” in other categories, Houston’s Bush International Airport won the inaugural award for World’s Best Website and Digital Services.
World’s Best Airport Dining : Hong Kong International Airport World’s Best Airport Hotel : Crowne Plaza Changi Airport World’s Best Airport Immigration Service : Hong Kong International Airport World’s Best Airport Leisure Amenities : Changi Airport Singapore World’s Best Airport Security Processing : Zurich Airport World’s Best Airport Shopping : London Heathrow Airport World’s Best Airport Staff : Narita International Airport World’s Best Airport Terminal : T5, London Heathrow Airport World’s Best Website & Digital Services : Houston Airports System World’s Cleanest Airport : Tokyo Haneda Airport
A few other “Bests” of note:
Denver International Airport got the nod for Best Regional Airport in North America, while Vancouver International Airport took home the award for Best Airport in North America. And Seattle-Tacoma International Airport received the award for having the Best Airport Staff in North America.
When it comes to travel, there are plenty of lists that claim to rank the best (and worst) airports, airlines, hotels, loyalty programs, etc.
Some are created by experts in the field. Others are the results of surveys (some scientific, some not). And still other are created (somehow) by companies hoping to get their names mentioned in a story.
Conde Nast surveys it well-traveled readers to put together its long list of travel bests each year.
For the sixth year running, Portland International Airport, with it free movie theater, cool shops, celebrity carpet and long list of other amenties, has come out on top of the Travel + Leisure’s list of Best Domestic Airports for 2018.
And, as you might imagine, the folks there are awfully pleased.
“The credit for this accomplishment goes to our Portland International Airport team—the more than 10,000 who always deliver the best travel experience you’ll find anywhere,” Curtis Robinhold, Port of Portland executive director said in a statement. “The caring spirit of our PDX team, served up with local restaurants and shops, gives PDX its much-loved heart and character, reflecting the very best our region offers.”