Wall Street Journal: San Francisco has the Best Airport, Philly Came in 13th

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San Francisco International Airport may be one of the most pleasant airports in the country.

At least that’s how The Wall Street Journal sees it on its recent ranking of 50 of the busiest U.S. airports, writes Dawn Gilbertson for The Wall Street Journal.

San Francisco’s secret to being number one is making travelers forget they are in an airport.

It’s quiet, even during rush hour. There are yoga rooms, a museum, art exhibits, popular local restaurants, live music, and new touchless water-filling stations with hot, cold, and room temperature settings, with free seltzer water to come.

Plus, it manages an 80 percent on-time rate.

Atlanta came in No. 2 and Minneapolis was third.

These airports’ top billing on amenities and reliable flights fly in the face of an upheaval in the air travel industry, coping with a crush of passengers, and shortages of labor and planes.

Philadelphia International Airport, by comparison, came in 13th.

The Wall Street Journal looked at 19 factors in compiling its list, including on-time performance and security waits, customer satisfaction, and ticket prices.

The worst performers in the large and midsize classes, respectively, were Newark and LaGuardia.

Read more about how U.S. airports ranked in satisfaction according to The Wall Street Journal.

Checking out why San Francisco won the best airport designaton.

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