Layovers don’t have to be unpleasant. Besides probably helping you save more money, making stops at airports can actually be good for stretching out your legs, having a nice meal, and maybe even doing a little shopping or enjoying unique amenities at certain airports.
It’s all about balance. The best layovers don’t take too many hours and are at good airports. Otherwise, it could be a nightmare. But we have good news! A new study recently revealed a list of the best airports for layovers in the United States.
ParkSleepFly.com gathered recent data —recorded before October 4, 2022— from Skytrax, Booking, and Stacker, and considered these characteristics to assign rankings:
- Food and beverages
- Staff service
- Shopping facilities
- Customer satisfaction
- Hotels within 2 miles
- Annual visitors
The website assigned scores using a grading scale from 1 to 10. These are the top 10 airports for layovers in the United States:
10 – O’Hare International Airport
Also known as Chicago’s International Airport, in this ranking, O’hare got 3.67 over ten for layovers. This used to be the world’s busiest airport in the 90s, and now it’s currently in fourth place with over 3.6 million seats passing through this month.
9 – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Currently the busiest in the United States, Atlanta’s international airport got 4.11 points in the ranking. This airport offers travelers a great variety of shops and restaurants as well as minute suites to relax or rest with bed, TV, and wifi starting at $42 per hour or $155 per night. Also, passengers can stay at several hotels just 2 to 3 minutes away from the airport.
8 – Charlotte Douglas International Airport
This airport in North Carolina got 4.33/10 and receives over 100,000 visitors per day. The airport offers travelers free wi-fi and charging stations, mother’s rooms, and pet relief areas, as well as restaurants, bars, lounges, and more.
7- Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
This airport in Arizona got 4.34 points. It offers travelers nice outdoor areas with cacti to get a glimpse of the desert, aircraft spotting areas to take pictures of planes, and a cool internal art museum that passengers can enjoy while waiting for their next flight. And, of course, restaurants, bars, shops, and other amenities.
6 – John F. Kennedy International Airport
New York’s most popular international airport got seventh place with 4.56 points. Passengers have a great variety of restaurants and shops here and can also relax at the spas available with options for massages and manicures.
5 – Los Angeles International Airport
LAX, the famous airport in California, gets around 48 million visitors every year and got 4.78 points for layovers. But Los Angeles International airport might soon improve its score since a new train for passengers is under construction and will soon enhance transportation and connections.
4 – Miami International Airport
This airport has the longest TSA security wait time but got 5.45 points and fifth place. It has great amenities, the iconic and beautiful aquatic terrazzo flooring created by Michele Oka Doner, as well as art galleries and spa services.
3 – Denver International Airport
This airport has a great food and beverages score and got an average of 6.00 over 10. Besides great bars and restaurants, certain diners offer a delivery service within the airport —great for tired travelers or families that don’t want to walk too far from their gates. It also has an extensive art collection, activities for all ages, and even free surprise events.
2 – George Bush Intercontinental Airport
This large airport in Houston got 6.11 points and second place. Besides the regular amenities and free wifi, this airport offers live performances weekly—usually at Terminal A—and travelers have rated this airport very well, especially in food and beverages services, where it has the best score.
1 – Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
And the first place goes to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport! This airport got the best score: 7.22. Besides great amenities, good hygiene, and good staff service, there are 33 hotels within 2 miles, those with long layovers have multiple alternatives to rest and relax.
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