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These Are The 6 Best U.S. Airports For Digital Nomads And Remote Workers

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Ever since companies provided more flexible work arrangements to work remotely, workers have been on the move like never before. Whether you’re flying home to family for a long weekend or you’re a digital nomad that has a travel addiction, you’re likely to spend a decent amount of time at airports, especially if you get caught in delays and cancellations, which are more common as of late.

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People can wait hours ahead of their flights at airports, but this doesn’t mean your work has to be delayed too. When it comes to working on the commute, not all airports are created equal. Not all airports are going to offer strong WIFI, charging stations, or comfortable areas to work from. When you have some extra time to dig into your to-do list, you will want an airport equipped to support the influx of remote workers and digital nomads that are working around the clock.

Upgraded Points recently conducted a study that analyzed the best U.S. airports for workers to get their work done. The travel and personal finance company reviewed a set of criteria that is beneficial for workers on the go and compared the data across 45 of the largest U.S. airports. The criteria included WIFI speed, availability of restaurants, airport lounges, charging stations, and reliability of flights.

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“Even though the travel industry has been more accommodating to remote work for a while now, the flood of new remote workers is forcing airports to reconsider how they address this need on a daily basis,” said Alex Miller, Founder of Upgraded Points. He adds that remote workers have adjusted to becoming more agile and finding solutions for their workstations, but airports may not necessarily be meeting this demand.

Check out the best and worst-performing airports below:

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The Best Airport For…

WIFI Speed: Washington Dulles International Airport offers the highest download speed with 185Mbps, followed by John F. Kennedy International Airport (161 Mbps) and Los Angeles International Airport (156 Mbps).

Getting Your Caffeine Dose At Starbucks: San Diego International Airport will give you your caffeine fix with 3 separate Starbucks locations spread out across the airport.

Grabbing A Bite: LaGuardia Airport has a choice of 61 restaurants per square mile, making it a great spot for your much-needed lunch breaks.

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Lounges To Work From: John F. Kennedy International Airport provides 20 lounges to work from, with 8 of these permitting travelers to purchase single-use passes.

Charging Stations: Portland International Airport offers almost 10 charging stations per square mile, which means you’ll never run out of juice.

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The Best 5 Airports Overall To Work From

5. Philadelphia International Airport offers plenty of restaurants, charging stations, and lounges for remote workers and digital nomads to stay comfortable. It also has a decent percentage of on-time departures, so if you’re cutting it close for any meetings on your arrival, you can have stronger confidence.

4. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport provides a great variety of on-the-go food items, such as pizza and burgers, to cultural favorites like Mediterranean and Lebanese food. Your laptop will also never run out of battery since it has 36 charging stations per square mile – more than 5x the average of airports.

3. John Wayne Airport-Orange County, situated in Santa Ana, California, this airport has the third highest customer satisfaction rating as well as a decent amount of food options to keep you fed.

2. Los Angeles International Airport offers excellent WIFI download speeds of over 150 Mbps and a high number of restrooms in the area to ensure you won’t be waiting in bathroom queues.

1. San Diego International Airport wins the top prize for the best airport to work remotely from. The airport offers many charging stations and a high percentage of on-time departures.

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The Worst Airports Overall To Work From

You might be surprised to hear that the worst-performing airports to work from are Orlando International Airport, Denver International Airport, and at number one, Southwest Florida International Airport. These airports received the lowest scores because of low internet speeds, not as many food options, and higher percentages of delayed departures.

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Michele Noren

Saturday 28th of January 2023

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