We hate to repeat ourselves so we apologize in advance if it seems like some in this grouping received a bit of the same wording.
But in analyzing the results of the TravelPulse survey seeking the best 100 airports in the country, a trend emerged in this middle of the pack grouping.
Many of the airports scored well in ease of access … but generally flat and indistinguishable in other categories.
NO. 51: BOISE AIRPORT, Idaho
According to survey respondents, Boise’s strength lies in its small size, for obvious reasons. It is one of the easiest airports in the country to get to and lies just three miles south of the state’s biggest city.
Don’t be fooled by its size and location, however – six airlines serve the airport and it processed 1.5 million passengers last year, more than Tulsa, Savannah, Little Rock, even tourist hotspot Myrtle Beach.
NO. 52: WASHINGTON-DULLES INTERNATIONAL
Although it received kudos for being business friendly and for its amenities, this was one of the larger airports that did not receive a lot of love.
“Signage in Washington Dulles is abysmal,” wrote one respondent.
Said another: “Dulles is under construction because of the metro, which makes it absolutely miserable,” which would explain low grades for ease of access.
NO. 53: BOZEMAN-YELLOWSTONE INTERNATIONAL
Bozeman received one of the higher ratings for ease of access from our reader portion of the survey, though some staff and experts felt it wasn’t quite as accessible. It’s small – only eight gates – but manageable.
NO. 54: CLEVELAND-HOPKINS INTERNATIONAL
We were a tad surprised that Cleveland wasn’t a little higher on the list but there ended up being a huge disparity here.
Staff and experts noted all that airport officials have done to bring in new airlines and virtually reinvent itself after United dropped it as a hub two years ago. But readers weren’t thrilled with things like amenities or terminal comfort.
NO. 55: LAMBERT-ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL
In the film ‘Up In The Air,’ George Clooney was almost beside himself that his work colleague didn’t appreciate that Lambert Field was home base to Charles Lindbergh.
These days, Lambert is appreciated for its amenities and for being business friendly, though for some the WiFi could have better connectivity and, like many large airports, check-in times can dawdle.
NO. 56: PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL
A survey last year by Cheapair.com noted that Philly was one of the least expensive airports to fly out of. But TravelPulse readers noted the difficult in getting to the airport and also gave it low numbers for terminal comfort.
“I drove to the Philadelphia airport and it was terrible,” one reader responded.
“Confusing, even for GPS, and road signs were not helpful.”
Philadelphia, though not its fault, also suffers from being in the dreaded northeast corridor during winter, when snow and ice can shut down airports from Boston to Washington. But it does have Minute Suites where you can rest your weary head.
NO. 57: PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL
Again, like Bozeman, readers responding to the survey rated it one of the easier airports in the country to get to and navigate. Amenities and terminal comfort dragged it down in the rankings.
NO. 58: T.F. GREEN AIRPORT-PROVIDENCE
A little surprised Providence wasn’t a bit higher on the survey, especially since it was named the third-best airport in the country last year in the annual Conde Nast Readers Choice awards.
But other than its convenience and location, Providence netted out flat in other categories.
NO. 59: WICHITA EISENHOWER NATIONAL AIRPORT
Again, another airport that is a bit of a surprise given that, earlier this year, Wichita was named the fourth-best small hub airport in the country by Phoenix Marketing.
But other than ease of access, it, too, was flat across the other TravelPulse categories.
NO. 60: PIEDMONT TRIAD INTERNATIONAL, Greensboro, N.C.
See above. Ease of access? Good. Other categories? Meh.
NO. 61: BRADLEY INTERNATIONAL, Hartford, Conn.
Surprisingly, for being in the insurance capital of the U.S., Bradley was only flat in the business friendly category and earned most of its points for being accessible.
Still, many in New England like flying out of Hartford instead of having to make the trek north to Boston or south to the New York airports. Bradley emplaned almost 3 million passengers last year.
NO. 62: McGHEE TYSON AIRPORT, Knoxville, Tenn.
One of the higher-rated airports on the survey list for ease of access by readers, actually finishing 22nd in the country in that category in our TravelPulse rankings.
NO. 63: BUFFALO NIAGARA INTERNATIONAL
Buffalo’s strength was its terminal comfort, finishing a strong eighth in that category in our survey, wedged right in between a couple of heavy hitters in Minneapolis and Tampa.
NO. 64: EPPLEY INTERNATIONAL, Omaha, Neb.
Well, we at least know Peyton Manning likes this airport. A good showing in terminal comfort and ease of access; lost points on business- and family-friendliness.
NO. 65: AKRON-CANTON AIRPORT, Ohio
A viable alternative to Cleveland-Hopkins. Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines and United Airlines all call Akron-Canton home and give passengers, on average, lower fares than Hopkins.
NO. 66: GERALD R. FORD INTERNATIONAL, Grand Rapids, Mich.
One of the better small airports in the nation, Grand Rapids earlier this year was named by Airports Council International as the first-place winner in the “Best Airports by Size and Region – North America" (2-5 million passengers per year) category.
67) KEY WEST INTERNATIONAL
Modernity and terminal comfort were an issue for some, but overall Key West – the southernmost airport in the United States – at least remains the coolest airport to step out of.
NO. 68: BURLINGTON INTERNATIONAL, Vt.
Burlington bills itself as “Close, Convenient, Comfortable,” and that it is. It lost some points among readers for business friendliness but remember that this facility processes less than 600,000 passengers each year.
NO. 69: YEAGER AIRPORT, Charleston, W. Va.
West Virginia’s largest airport but definitely on the small side, with only four airlines serving this facility and service to Charlotte, Washington, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Myrtle Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago and Houston.
NO. 70: LOUISVILLE INTERNATIONAL
Fairly flat across the board – some points for ease of access and modernity, fewer points for terminal comfort and business- and family-friendliness.