Travel magazines rank the best -- and worst airports -- in the US

New airport rankings shed light on the best and worst airports in the US. (Arina P...

New airport rankings shed light on the best and worst airports in the US. (Arina P Habich/


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On the eve of US Thanksgiving and on one of the busiest travel days of the year, travel magazines have crunched the numbers and come up with lists that purport to show the best  -- and worst -- airports in America.

Over at CN Traveler magazine, readers weighed in on their favorite and most loathed airport hubs across the US and gave the Indianapolis International Airport top marks for its layout: security checkpoints that are designed to actually help  -- not hinder -- flyers when it comes to passing through security.

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Likewise, readers were also impressed with the dining options which include local favorites like Shapiro's Delicatessen, noted CN Traveler.

The Indianapolis airport is one of the first new airports to have been built in the US after 9/11, having opened its doors in 2008.

In addition to housing $4 million in public art, the airport was built to be environmentally friendly and is at work on what will soon become the largest airport solar farm in the world. When complete, the IND Solar farm will generate enough energy to power 3,200 homes.

Meanwhile, over at Travel + Leisure magazine, after analyzing data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics for major US hubs, writers determined that Salt Lake City International Airport is the most punctual, with just 13 percent of flights having experienced delays between July 2013 and July 2014.

The Delta hub retained the top spot for the fifth time since 2008.

The same can't be said, however, of either of Chicago's airports, both of which landed at the bottom of T + L's heap.

For the second year in a row, for example, Chicago's Midway International Airport earned the dubious distinction of being the 'tardiest' airport, with one in three planes (36 percent) leaving behind schedule, says Time.

O'Hare International Airport didn't fare much better either, with more than a quarter (27 percent) of its flights experiencing delays and landing it the No. 4 spot on T + L's ranking of airports with the worst delays.

Meanwhile, statistics aside, CN Traveler readers named LaGuardia Airport their least favorite hub, giving it a failing grade of 47 percent.

Here are the top 10 airports according to readers of CN Traveler:

1. Indianapolis International Airport (IND)
2. Tampa International Airport
3. Portland International Airport
4. Long Beach Airport
5. John Wayne Airport, Orange County
6. Palm Beach International Airport
7. T. F. Green Airport
8. Austin–Bergstrom International Airport
9. Raleigh-Durham International Airport
10. Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport

Here are the top 10 airports for on-time departures according to T + L:

1. Salt Lake City International Airport
2. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
3. TIE: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Portland International Airport
5. Minneapolis–St. Paul International Airport
6. Detroit Metropolitan Airport
7. Boston Logan International Airport
8. Miami International Airport
9. Charlotte Douglas International Airport
10. Philadelphia International Airport