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Old 06-26-2011, 05:42 PM
 
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Detroit is a the second largest hub for Delta Air Lines and their main Midwestern hub. They have several of their flights to Asia and Europe there so many of the passengers are connecting, which is why the amount of passengers is still so high.
Detroit is actually one of my favorite airports. They did a good job when they built the new terminal a few years ago. It's very easy to navigate, and it's not dark and cramped like a lot of older airports (Cleveland, Milwaukee, Memphis, and others). I particularly like the psychedelic light show in that underground walkway that connects the two terminals.
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Old 06-26-2011, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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I have always had good experiences with MCO - seems pretty efficient and for good reason they really handle families and small children better than any other airport IMHO. It is very noticable
Yeah, its a very nice airport. Flew there for the first time last year. Clean and navigable.
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Old 06-26-2011, 06:43 PM
 
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I think the Houston Airport's ranking is well-earned.

At the same time, I think Atlanta's ranking is way too generous. I have flown through Atlanta about a dozen times in the past few years, and I have always had big delays regardless of airline and time of day. It is so bad that I will bend over backwards to change planes in Dallas, Cincinnati, or just about anywhere else for that matter.
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Old 06-27-2011, 06:55 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Detroit is a the second largest hub for Delta Air Lines and their main Midwestern hub. They have several of their flights to Asia and Europe there so many of the passengers are connecting, which is why the amount of passengers is still so high.
Yes, and metro Detroit also has 5 million residents. It is not the ghost town that the media makes it out to be. The city of Detroit itself is losing people fast, but the suburbs are doing OK. There's still a lot of people and wealth in the suburbs.
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Old 06-27-2011, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Somerville, MA
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Let me preface this by saying that I expected Logan to rank poorly due to frequent delays due to weather, delays due to high traffic, unfriendly personnel, expensive parking, and traffic getting to/from the airport. It did rank poorly, but the reasoning behind the poor ranking was surprisingly weak. I think the voters have a notion from a decade or more ago that they can't change.

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Logan Airport sure does try to please travelers, with its kids’ play areas, rocking chairs, free WiFi, and even an on-site spa—but AFC voters aren’t noticing, ranking it 22nd for entertainment.
The above amenities are better than most airports. It's not to hard to find these things either. I never get too bored at Logan (especially due to free wifi and plenty of power hookups).

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Logan lands near the bottom (No. 28) for design and functionality, which includes layout and good signage,
Now this I can see. I've always maligned Logan's lack of connectivity to the other terminals. Rest assured, you CAN connect, but the quickest way may be walking through Central Parking. Boston needs a "skytrain" or something similar.

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and ranks No. 25 for transportation both inside and outside the airport.
Again, I have to call BS. inside the airport, it's not great (though there are plenty of moving walkways, etc), but that's sort of been covered in the previous criteria. Outside the airport, you have to be kidding me. I can't think of another major international airport (DCA is a good one too) that's so well connected to the city via transportation. You can take .the Blue Line subway from Logan to downtown in 3(!) stops. You can take the Silver Line to South Station very quickly too and from there, your connections are limitless (Amtrak, Acela, local subway, commuter rail, regional bus, local bus). I'm not even getting into the hotel shuttle connectivity since all the hotels (even downtown hotels) are so close.

Again, I'm not surprised Logan ranks poorly. However, the criteria is a little screwy.
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Old 06-27-2011, 07:24 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Newark has come a LONG way over the past 20 years, but agree it has a long way to go and not surprised it's #1 worst (along with JFK/LGA). I think a big part of it is delays - it doesn't have the runways to handle the volume. However, I would choose it over JFK/LGA - IMO those are ugly horror shows, and further from midtown than EWR.

I love MCO - great airport.
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Old 06-27-2011, 08:17 AM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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EWR was kind of filthy when I transferred there.

By the way, Travel & Leisure's lists are missing a few cities (Detroit, Pittsburgh, Portland, Tampa).
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Old 06-27-2011, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Somerville, MA
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Newark has come a LONG way over the past 20 years, but agree it has a long way to go and not surprised it's #1 worst (along with JFK/LGA). I think a big part of it is delays - it doesn't have the runways to handle the volume. However, I would choose it over JFK/LGA - IMO those are ugly horror shows, and further from midtown than EWR.
EWR, in my opinion, is a nightmare. It's by far my least favorite airport to fly into and I fly there frequently (frequent transfers from BOS, especially on Continental). My big thing is the delays. Almost every time I fly in, we're waiting for a gate to open up. At departure, you frequently hear, "Ladies and Gentlemen, we're number 18 in line for take off so it we'll be a little late departing." The lines on the taxiways are horrific.

Beyond that, I find that the staff is often incredibly unhelpful and rude. Even if they were super sweet, I'd still hate flying there because of the delays which seem at this point, inevitable.

One comedian I listened to made this funny comment about EWR: "Newark Airport. It's the Newark of Airports."

I do, however, agree that it's often times easier to get to Manhattan from EWR than JFK or LGA.
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Old 06-27-2011, 08:39 AM
 
Location: "The District"/Arlington, VA
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Growing up in Atlanta, it is always a headache to go to Hartsfield-Jackson. However, ATL has the most traffic of any other airport in the world every year. You definitely feel that you're in a small city at the airport for that reason alone. They have done some remodeling, but mostly just additions to compensate for the large amounts of traffic. It has a lot of food options, but its really just a gargantuan airport.

Now that I live in DC - their airports are even worse.
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Old 06-27-2011, 08:47 AM
 
Location: At the Root
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Growing up in Atlanta, it is always a headache to go to Hartsfield-Jackson. However, ATL has the most traffic of any other airport in the world every year. You definitely feel that you're in a small city at the airport for that reason alone. They have done some remodeling, but mostly just additions to compensate for the large amounts of traffic. It has a lot of food options, but its really just a gargantuan airport.
True, that airport feels like a city within a city.
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