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TravelPulse Radio: Senior Writer Rich Thomaselli on the Best 100 US Airports

Airlines & Airports Patrick Clarke November 23, 2016

TravelPulse Radio: Senior Writer Rich Thomaselli on the Best 100 US Airports

PHOTO: Top-ranked Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. (Photo courtesy of Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport)

With TravelPulse rolling out its inaugural breakdown of the top 100 U.S. airports this week, TravelPulse Radio co-hosts Tim Wood and Barry Kaufman spoke with the mastermind behind the project, senior writer Rich Thomaselli.

In the first of two interviews featured in Episode 7, the trio break down the results — including a rundown of the top 10 airports and the 10 worst airports, according to travelers and experts — dive into some of the biggest surprises and attempt to wrap their heads around the struggles of New York's many airports.

Thomaselli also explains how the world's busiest airport in Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International was able to take home the No. 1 ranking.

"Atlanta makes it work. That's what our readers, our staff and our experts said when we solicited opinions," said Thomaselli. "They rounded out very well in all seven categories that we utilized, including ease of access."

The co-hosts also pick his brain on which airports on the list stood out, which one he would have liked to see finish higher, how airports step their game up around the holidays and where he stands on United Airlines' new basic economy fares for 2017.

Along the way, Wood and Kaufman discuss their differing opinions of Miami International Airport.

You can listen to the entire interview (starting at the 21:20 mark) and Episode 7 of TravelPulse Radio in its entirety below.