America’s “Fastest” Airports

Earlier this summer, SmarterTravel released their list of the top 10 fastest airports in the US. In their evaluation, they looked at factors such as on-time departures, average security lines, walking distance to the gates, and priority screening options. Their top 10 list is below, but check out the article for full details on each of the airports that made the list.

  1. SLC (Salt Lake City)
  2. CLT (Charlotte Douglas)
  3. SAN (San Diego)
  4. TPA (Tampa)
  5. SEA (Seattle-Tacoma)
  6. MSP (Minneapolis-St. Paul)
  7. PDX (Portland)
  8. ATL (Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta) huh??
  9. BOS (Botson Logan)
  10. DCA (Reagan National) another huh?

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  1. I can understand DCA; for non-A gates, it is a quick walk from the car to the plane.
    Much better than the colossus of Dulles and the crowds of BWI
    The security lanes at BWI C&D gates are legendary nightmares.

  2. Did they only look at the larger airports in the country.

    Some very small airports are very fast for purposes of time between showing up at the airport and getting to the gate.

  3. @GUWonder – I thought the same thing. My home field, DAY, is super fast; and nearby CMH is a bit bigger but typically pretty quick.

    Also, some may be quick for pure O/D but not as much for some types of connections, e.g. where a terminal change is involved.

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