Favorite Airport

by SmarterTravel Staff
Readers' Choice Badge - Favorite Airport
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It was a tight race, but Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport (6.7 percent of all votes) just squeaked by Denver International Airport (6.6 percent) for the win. Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport rounded out the top three. We took the country's 10 busiest airports into consideration when putting this list together, and several of you wrote in to mention smaller airports among your favorites as well.

What, to you, defines a great airport? Is it a plethora of restaurants? A few places to window shop? Or do more practical concerns take center stage, such as easy exchange between terminals, plenty of pick-up and drop-off options, optimal crowd flow, and the like?


First Place: Las Vegas—McCarran International Airport
Second Place: Denver International Airport
Third Place: Atlanta—Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

Voting Breakdown

Airport Percentage of Votes Received
Las Vegas—McCarran International Airport 6.7%
Denver International Airport 6.6%
Atlanta—Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport 5.7%
Dallas—Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport 5.0%
Phoenix—Sky Harbor International Airport 4.0%
Chicago—O'Hare International Airport 3.6%
New York—John F. Kennedy International Airport 3.2%
Houston—George Bush Intercontinental Airport 2.8%
Los Angeles International Airport 1.6%

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