A recent poll has found that America’s best airport is Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.
The result came from travelers’ reviews between October 2022 and February 2023, and was published by Travel and Leisure Magazine.
It was during this time that there were major delays across the country due to weather systems, with more than 10,000 delayed flights leading up to Christmas.
This more than likely had an affect on the polls, as smaller airports were the overwhelming winners – with passengers scoring them on access, check in and security, restaurants and bars, and shopping and design.
Travel and Leisure said: ‘Most airports on the list are regional ones that serve as less-crowded alternatives to major airports that are often too small to handle their passenger flow.’
The new findings were collected from October 2022 to February 2023 and published by Travel and Leisure Magazine
1. Manchester-Boston Regional Airport: Manchester, New Hampshire
Around 50 miles outside of Boston, Massachusetts, the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport was crowned the winner.
One voter recalled: ‘Quickly became my absolute favorite airport; it’s nice and clean and so fast and easy to get in and out of.’
The airline serves around 1.7 million passengers every year and has flights on American, Southwest and United among others.
The airport managed to maintain an 81 percent score on arrival time during the chaos of last winter, which dipped to 68 percent in December.
Another voter commented: ‘All the employees I encounter at MHT are knowledgeable and truly enjoy their job.
‘Security is a breeze, and the TSA agents are extremely professional.’
Out of a possible score of 100, the regional airport scored 85.31 according to the list.
Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, pictured here, serves 1.7 million passengers every year
2. Indianapolis International Airport: Indianapolis, Indiana
Coming four points below the top choice was Indianapolis International Airport, with a score of 80.08.
Serving between seven and eight million people every year, it has flights to 40 destinations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
The on-time arrival score frequently falters around the 80 percent mark, like Manchester-Boston.
A Spirit Airlines airplane at a gate at Indianapolis International Airport in Indianapolis, Indiana
3. Tampa International Airport: Tampa, Florida
With an on-time percentage of around 78 percent for the whole of last year, next on the list was Tampa International Airport.
The Florida airport has high on-time numbers for the fall season after the summer pattern of thunderstorms clears out.
Likewise, the rates of flights delayed lowered around the holiday season and at spring break time.
In data from the Department of Transportation, Tampa scored tenth place for the most luggage lost at an airport in 2022.
According to the airport, around 22 million passengers fly through every year.
Travel and Leisure readers ranked the airport with 80.08, just a little behind second place.
Travel and Leisure readers ranked Tampa airport, pictured here during Hurricane Ian, with 80.08, just a little behind second place
4. St. Paul International Airport: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Coming in fourth with a yearly on-time percentage of over 81.8 percent, which rivals the top of the list, was St. Paul International Airport in Minnesota.
Despite freezing temperatures that often require the help of de-icing, the arrival score of the time period polled was almost 92 percent.
The airport poses as a joint civil and military public use international airport, located within ten miles of downtown Minneapolis.
According to the Metropolitan Airport Commission, 31.2 million passengers passed through the airport in 2022.
In March of this year, it was also named the Best Airport in North America, for airports that service between 25 – 40 million passengers.
It was the sixth time in seven years that it had taken home the prize given out by the Airports Council International (ACI) Airport Service Quality Program.
Overall, readers scored it 79.93.
St. Paul International Airport is pictured here during the February snow storms that affected the airport
5. Portland International Airport – Portland, Oregon
Completing the top five ranked airports in the states is Portland International Airport, with a readers score of 79.44.
Roughly 7.2 million passengers passed through the airport in 2022, with an on-time score just over 79 percent for 2022.
In December, this dropped down to 65 percent likely due to the winter storm that pounded the west coast last year.
In February of this year, a near record snowfall hit the city and gridlocked runways at the airport.
Despite this, flights still managed to make it in and out of the airport, but still reported delays affecting 40 flights.
Travelers walk through Portland International Airport on November 25, 2020 in Portland, Oregon
Filling out the remainder of the top ten included T.F Green Airport in Rhode Island, Savanah/Hilton Head International Airport in Georgia, Palm Beach International in Florida, Salt Lake City International and Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International in
Outside of the best voted airports in the country, a new analysis by FOX Weather has shown how a handful of airports have consistently racked up the most flight delays.
The airport in the country that has the highest percentage of flights delayed by at least 15 minutes was Newark Liberty International Airport.
According to the findings, nearly 30 percent, 28.26, of flights in the airport are delayed.
United Airlines airplanes prepare to take off from Newark Liberty International Airport, the worst airport for flight delays in the country
Next on the list was another New York area airport, this time LaGuardia Airport with 25.60 percent
In third was San Francisco International Airport that had delays effecting 22.76 percent of all flights.
In fourth was Boston Logan International that had 22.45% of all flights delayed.
Following closely behind was Dallas Fort-Worth International, with 22.44 percent of flights delayed.