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.”
This year’s list names California’s Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) – formerly the Bob Hope Airport – as the Best U.S. Airport, with nearby Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) as the 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:
Best International Airport: Singapore Changi Airport
Best Airport for Shopping: London Heathrow
Best Airport for Foodies: Newark-Liberty International Airport
Best Tiny Airport: Jackson Hole Airport – Wyoming
Fodor’s also gave awards to airlines
Best US Airline: Delta
Best Int’l Airline: Emirates
Best airline for plus-sized passengers: Jet Blue
Best Budget ‘Bougie’ Experience: Norwegian
Best Airline for Blowing your Budget: Etihad
Best Airline for Flying with Pets: American
Tiny Airline You Should Try: Air Dolmoti (Runner up: Safari Link)
Best Airline for Foodies: JAL
Best Airline for Cocktail Connoisseurs: Japan Airlines
Best Airline for Getting Sleep: JetBlue’s Mint
Best Airline for Flying with Kids: Qatar
Airline with the Friendliest Staff: Southwest