My Top Ranked Airports
In my opinion, airports are the best example of engineering marvels due to their design, terminal facilities, and destinations served. There are so many airports in the world that connect people from all over the world. The organization of an airport is crucial to its operation, as one error could severely delay the entire airport, of the world.
In my opinion, the best airports have easy to follow terminals, and are not easy to get lost in. Also, the different facilities such as food options, lounges, and transportation within the airport are factors that determine a great airport. Some of my favorite airports include, Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport, Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, and Miami International Airport. I will be ranking these airports on a 1-4 scale, 1 being the best, and 4 being the worst.
- Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport (ATL)
Atlanta has the busiest airport in the world, so the airport has to run smoothly and precisely on schedule for passengers to make their destinations. Every time I have been to this airport, I experience the same level of excellence and I am amazed by the flights that leave per hour and the staff that work hard to keep the airport running. The restaurants within the airport are very good and the stores that are in the airport have everything you need to get through a long flight. The terminal transport that Atlanta has is revolutionary. It is called the Plane Train, and it is very efficient in getting people to the different terminals. It has been moving people around this massive airport since 1980. The workers at this airport are all very friendly and as for the ramp agents, they need to be ready for anything to keep flights on schedule and to ensure that flights depart on time. With over 1000 daily departures, Atlanta has the qualities that make it the best airport in America.
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- Minneapolis Saint Paul International Airport (MSP)
I have been to Minneapolis Saint Paul Airport a couple of times, and each time I connect there, I always find this airport exceptional. The restaurants within the airport range from fast food, to sit down restaurants. For a long layover, the airports’ gates are clean and organized. Getting from one terminal to the next is easy in this airport. The airport has a train that runs for 24 hours a day. Minneapolis Saint Paul Airport is an airport that makes traveling easy and efficient. The airport’s ramp agents are always on time with ensuring each flight is departing on time.
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- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
LAX is one of the best airports in the country. I always have a very easy time navigating this airport and the different food options, lounges, and terminals are excellent. The airport has great food options available as there are sit down restaurants, and some fast food restaurants. The terminal has a lot of natural light and great gate space. This airport is very busy, so I would recommend arriving early. A huge part of an airport’s success is on time departures. For me, my experience in that category at LAX has not been good. Last summer, I was flying from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City with a short connection in Salt Lake. The plane was boarded and everyone was ready to go, but nobody was at the gate to move the jet bridge from the airplane. The pilots had nothing to say as they had to try and contact the already busy air traffic control frequency to tell them that the airport workers were being absent-minded from the fact that the airplane needed the jet bridge out of the way. Sure this only occurred once for me, but it was a situation that originated from the workers at the airport which lead to a stressful travel day.
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- Miami International Airport (MIA)
Miami International Airport is without a doubt a good airport, but it ranks lower for me for a couple of reasons. First, the airport is very busy, which means that crowds can back up security lines and check in lines can be very long. This is expected with a busy airport, but for me, there was not enough space. The gate was completely full, so I had to stand for about 30 minutes. The airport was relatively easy to navigate through, but some signs were unclear. Overall, the airport seemed disorganized. It might seem like I hate this airport, but the ramp agents and those working at the gate were very efficient in restoring order to the chaos. The ramp agents were on time with loading the plane with luggage, fuel, and food. My flight left right on time as a result, so that is why I rank this airport as fourth.
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