25 Worst Airports In The US

25 Worst Airports In The US

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America has several airports and millions of travelers who need to use them. In ranking the worst US airports different criteria were used, and these are the criteria travelers usually adopt in using an airport. One of the factors travelers consider in using an airport include on time arrivals, as well as on time departure. Other criteria that often adopted include the average arrival delay as well as the average departure delays. Other factors used to rank airports include on time holiday departures, as well as the average security wait time, and so on. We equally consider amenities available in the airport, as well as accidents or incidents that have occurred in the airport, and measures taken to address those aviation challenges and so on.

When you arrive an airport, there are several things to enjoy about the time spent there. For instance, there should be restaurants and dining options available. Duty free shopping, as well as salons, and other amenities that help travelers spend their waiting times at the airport are considered.

Security is a major issue in airports in the country and because of that airports layout is an important factor in security check. Security has to be conducted in such a way that travelers are not subjected to undue stress. You can easily determine the worst airports by its poor layouts, constant flight delays, as well as lost luggage and several other negative reports that would discourage travelers.

Moreover, such amenities like friendly staff, cleanliness, as well as free Wi-Fi is important in considering the ranking of an airport. All these factors were taking into consideration when ranking the 25 airports below.

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Sacramento International Airport

This airport is located ten miles northwestern part of Sacrament County in California state. The airport is one of the busiest in the state. In 2014, not less than 8,971,526 passengers used the airport, and this is greater than the figure the airport handled the previous year. This simply shows that this is a busy airport. However, despite the heavy traffic, it is ranked one of the worst airports in the country. On time arrivals were 83.6 percent and on time departure was 82 percent. Passengers can experience an average arrival delay of 8.6 minutes and an average departure delay time of 9.4 minutes. During the holidays, on time holiday departure is 73. 7 percent, while the average security wait time at the airport were eight minutes. There is no major accident or incidents in the airports. Many travelers ranked it low.

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Pittsburgh International Airport

The airport was formerly known as the Greater Pittsburgh airport. It is used for civil and military services. Many travelers have ranked it low for several reasons. The airport is equally busy as it can handle eight to nine million and fraction passengers yearly. On time arrival is 77.9 percent. On time departure is 81 percent while the average delay rate at the airport is 13.2 minutes. The average departure delay is 12 minutes. During holidays, on time holiday departures at the airport is 77.9 percent. The average security check delay is five minutes. In 2011, there were at least two major incidents. It is one of the worst ranked airports in the country.

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Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport

Many travelers know this airport as Detroit Metro Airport. This is a major international airport and it covers a large expanse of land. It is regarded as the busiest airport in Michigan. As a busy international and national airport, it handles about 32-34 million travelers every year. On time arrival is 76 percent while on time departure is 78.6 percent. The average arrival delay is about fourteen minutes while the average departure delay time is thirteen minutes. During the holiday period, the on time holiday departure is 79.7 percent. The security wait time at the airport is six minutes. Amenity score at the airport is 705 out of 1000.

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Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport

The airport could handle about seven to eight million passengers annually. Coded CVG, the airport is considered one of the worst in the country. It records on time arrivals of 75.6 percent as well as on time departure of 79.4 percent. The average arrival delay is 15.2 minutes, just as the average departure delay is 13.4 percent. It is constantly used during the holidays and the on time departure during holidays is 78.1 percent. Security check at the airport does not take more than four minutes. In terms of available amenities, the amenity score at the airport is 713 out of 1000.

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Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport

This is another busy airport, and it serves both civil and military purposes. This is a busy airport as you can see from the high volume of passengers passing through the airport to different destinations. Total passengers that use the airport annually could be between 32-35 million people. On time arrivals is 77.5 percent while on time departure is 80.6. Travelers can experience an average arrival delay of 12.6 percent and departure delay in 11.3 minutes. It is widely used during the holiday. The average on time departures during holidays is 75.4 percent and the average security wait time is eight minutes. In terms of amenities, the amenity score is 701 out of 1000.

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Denver International Airport

Denver International Airport

This is another airport that people often complain of poor services. This airport is significant because it is considered the largest in the country, because of the total areas it covered. It is one of the busiest airports not only in the world but in the country. It is estimated that more than 53 million passengers use this airport every year. On time arrival report is 76.7 percent, on time departure is 76.8 percent and the average arrival delay at the airport is 12.9 minutes. On time holidays departure is 80.3 percent. The average security check time is about ten minutes. In terms of amenities it is scored 701 out of 1000.

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Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

This airport is significant because it is the closest commercial airline close to Washington DC. This airport is previously called Washington National Airport. The name was changed in 1998 in honor of former President Reagan. It is another busy airport as it can record up to eighteen million passengers in one year. On time arrivals are 75.8 percent. On time departure is 79.7 percent. Its average arrival delay is 13.7 minutes and the average departure delay is 11.5 minutes. On time holiday departures are 78.1 percent and average security wait time is seven minutes. It has recorded one incident within the past seven years.

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Raleigh–Durham International Airport

This is another busy airport and it is in North Carolina. As a busy airport, it is estimated that more than nine million passengers use this airport every year. The on time arrival is 77.4 percent. On time departures are eighty percent. The average arrival delay is 13.2 minutes. Average departure delay is 12.1 minutes. On time holiday departure is 77.7 percent. Average departure delay is 12.1 minutes and the on time holiday departures is 77.7 percent. Security wait time is six minutes.

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McCarran International Airport

This is the major commercial airport in Clark County Nevada. The airport got its name from Pat McCarran, a former Nevada senator. It is another busy airport as it can handle more than 39 million passengers in one year. On time arrivals at the airport is 80.4 percent. On time departure is 78.3 percent. Passengers can expect an average arrival delay of 10.7 minutes as well as the average departure delay of 11.9 percent. During holidays, the on time departure is 77.3 percent while average security check is 13 minutes. Amenities score is 682 out of 1000.

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Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Charlotte Douglas International Airport is one of the busiest airports in North Carolina. It was changed from Charlotte Municipal airport to Charlotte Douglas International Airport in 1954. Because of the heavy traffic, it is regarded as the second busiest airport in the country as more than one hundred and seventy international and domestic destinations. It can handle total passengers of more than 38 million people in a year. On time arrivals is estimated at 72 percent. On time departures are 77.5 percent while the average arrival delay time is 15.4 minutes. Average departure delay time is put at 13.3 minutes. On time holiday departures are 84 percent. The average time you can wait for a security check is eight minutes. In terms of amenities rating, it scores 697 out of one thousand.

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Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport

Tourists going to the Caribbean would be familiar with this airport. It is the easiest routes for such tourists. It now competes with Miami International airports in handling such intercontinental travelers. To show that this airport is always busy, it can handle more than 32 million passengers annually. In terms of performance, its on time arrival is put at 76.1 percent. On time departure is 78 percent. Passengers could be subjected to the arrival delay time of 14.3 minutes while the average departure delay time is 13.3 percent. The airport is busy during public holidays and the on time departure statistics is 78.7 for the holiday periods. For security check, you can wait for about eight minutes. The amenities availability rating is 677 out of one thousand.

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Oakland International Airport

Oakland International Airport is a busy one, and it one the three major airports serving San Francisco Bay. Passengers traveling to Mexico and Europe prefer using the port. It equally serves passengers traveling to Japan, Canada and so on. It can handle up to ten million passengers annually. The on time arrivals and departures are estimated at 82.1 and 79.0 percent respectively. In the same way, the average delay arrival and departure is estimated at 8.8 minutes and 10.4 minutes. On time departure time during holidays is 71.4 percent while the average security wait time is seven minutes. Amenities scores at the airport are 691 out of one thousand.

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Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

This is one of the busiest airports in the country and it is regarded as the largest hubs for the country’s airlines. This airport can boast of a total area of seventy-eight square km and it is the largest airport in the state. The airport is such busy that it is ranked the third busiest in the world. Despite the heavy traffic, it is one of the worst airports in this country. The airport can handle more than 56 million passengers annually. On time arrivals and departures are put at 74.5 and 76.2 percent and so on. Moreover, the average arrival and departure delays at the airport is 13.4 and 12.5 percent respectively. During the holiday period, on time holiday departures are 81.9 percent. The average security wait time is seven minutes. The amenities ranking is 692 out of 1000. There is need for amenity improvement.

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Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport

It is one of the largest and busiest airports in the country. It can handle more than 89 million passengers every year. On time arrivals and departures are 75.5 and 76.6 percent. Average arrival and departure delays are 14.2 and 13.6 percent respectively. Average security check time is eight minutes. In terms of amenities, it scores 666 out of one thousand.

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Baltimore International Security

Baltimore–Washington International Airport

In Baltimore, this is one of the largest and busiest airports. More than 22 million passengers use this airport every year. On time arrivals and departures are 75.7 and 74.6 percent. Average arrival and departure delays are 14.5 and 14.8 minutes. The average security check delay time is six minutes while the amenities level is put at 707 out of one thousand.

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General Mitchell International Airport

The airport serves both civil and military purposes and it is considered one of the worst in the country. It is the third largest airport in Chicago. Yearly, it records more than nine million passengers. On time arrivals and departures are 74.9 and 79.5 percent. Average arrival and delay times are 14.8 and 12.5, while the average security check time is five minutes.

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Nashville International Airport

This airport serves a dual purpose, which includes civil and military. Some of the amenities at the airport were old. The airport has a total passenger of nine million passengers annually. On time arrivals and departure are estimated at 77.1 and 77.1 respectively. The average arrival and departure delays are 12.9 and 13.1 minutes. The average security wait time is five minutes.

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Miami International Airport

This airport is serving the Miami area. Many airlines in the country use the airport and that speaks of the level of economic activities at the airport. On time arrivals and departures are 71.3 and 74.1 percent. Average arrival and departure delays are 16.4 and 15.3 percent. The average wait for security reasons is 12 minutes while amenities score is 617 out of one thousand.

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Philadelphia International Airport

The code name of the airport is PHL and it is one of the poorly rated airports in the country. In the whole of the Delaware region, it is considered the largest. It can handle up to thirty million passengers in a year. On time arrivals and departures are 72.4 and 76.9 percent respectively. Average arrival and departure delays at the airport are 16.3 and 14.1 percent. For security check, the average wait time is ten minutes. Amenities score is 629 out of one thousand.

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Washington Dulles International Airport

Another poorly rated airport is Washington Dulles International Airport. It can handle more than 23 million passengers in a year. In terms of performance, on time arrivals and departures are 74.6 percent and 78.1 percent. The average arrival and departure delay are 16.7 and 14.9 minutes. The average security wait time is six minutes. Amenity scores at the airport are 646 out of one thousand.

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Lambert–St. Louis International Airport

It is located in Missouri and considered the largest airport in the state because of the large volume of traffic, especially passengers. It can handle twelve million passengers annually. On time arrivals and departure wait is 75.6 and 75.2 percents while average arrival and departure delays are 13.2 and 13.4 percent. Average security check wait time is 9 minutes. Amenities score is 683 out of 1000.

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Chicago Midway International Airport

This airport, which is located in Chicago is the second largest in Chicago. It is one of the poorly rated airports because of dwindling services and poor state of key infrastructure. The total volume of passengers at the airport is more than seventeen million passengers yearly. The on time arrival and departure is 74.4 and 70.2 percent and the average arrival and departure delays at the airport are 14.2 and 16.3 minutes. The average security wait time is seven minutes. Moreover in terms on amenities, it scores 684 out of one thousand.

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San Francisco International Airport

This airport has airlines that service all parts of America and Europe. Because of high level of activities, it was ranked number seven busiest airport in the country. It can handle up to forty million passengers yearly. It is rated low in terms of performance because the on time arrivals and departure is 74.2 and 74.7. The average departure and arrival time are 15.8 and 15.3 percent and so on. On time departure delays during the holidays is 72.6 percent and the amenity ratings at the airport is 647 out of 1000.

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LaGuardia Airport

This is another great airport in terms of traffic and activities going on. However, it is rated the second worst airports in the country. The total number of passengers that pass through the port is beyond 23 million passengers annually. It’s on time arrivals and departures are 71.1 and 76.5 percent respectively. Moreover, the average arrival and departure period are 16.1 and 13.5 minutes respectively. On time departure during a holiday at the port is 74.9 percent. Amenities adequacy is not enough as the amenity score is 604 out of 1000.

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Newark International Airport

Newark Liberty International Airport

This busy airport is considered the worst in the country. It is the first major airport in the country, and considered one of the busiest. In terms of performance score, it scores very low. It is widely used as it handles more than 33 million passengers annually. On time arrivals and departures are put at 67.5 and 70.8 percents. Also the average arrival and departure delays at the port is 19.3 and 17.9 percents respectively. For security checks, the average wait time is seven minutes. The level of amenities at the airport is one of the lowest in the country. It scores 609 out of one thousand.

These are the worst airports in the US. If you are planning to use any of these airports, you should know you are not using the best. This means that you have to expect delays.

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