The Web’s Most Loved (and Least Loved) Airports

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In a comprehensive online sentiment analysis of U.S. airports, a recent study delves into the sentiments surrounding these vital transit hubs analysing thousands of online documents, reviews, blog posts and comments using AI.

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Most and Least Popular Airports:

5 Most Popular Airports:

  • T.F. Green Airport, Rhode Island
  • Wilmington Airport, Delaware
  • Des Moines International Airport, Iowa
  • Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, Montana
  • Indianapolis International Airport, Indiana

5 Least Popular Airports:

  • Sioux Falls Regional Airport, South Dakota
  • Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport, Mississippi
  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Maryland
  • Eppley Airfield, Nebraska
  • Harry Reid International Airport (formerly McCarran), Nevada

Regional Trends:

  • West Coast airports show slightly lower average sentiments compared to East Coast and Central U.S. airports.
  • The Northern U.S. airports generally fare better in sentiment than their Southern counterparts.

Airport Size vs Sentiment:

The study reveals a very weak correlation between airport size and sentiment. Smaller airports show more variability in sentiment, suggesting a diverse range of experiences. Whereas larger airports tended to all cluster around a similar middling experience, despite some having great food offerings as reviewed on the web.

Impact of Culinary Offerings:

Focusing on airports renowned for their food, such as George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Texas, and Denver International Airport, Colorado, the study finds a marginal positive correlation between high-quality food offerings and sentiment. However, this factor alone does not significantly elevate overall sentiment.

Concluding Insights:

The study underscores the multifaceted nature of airport experiences. While aspects like culinary quality and regional location play a role, the overall sentiment towards airports is influenced by a complex mix of factors, highlighting the challenge in crafting universally satisfying airport experiences.

Full Data:

RankAirportAverage Sentiment
1T.F. Green Airport, Rhode Island9.98
2Wilmington Airport, Delaware7.15
3Des Moines International Airport, Iowa6.61
4Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, Montana6.60
5Indianapolis International Airport, Indiana6.55
6Jackson Hole Airport, Wyoming6.38
7Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport, Kentucky6.28
8Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Arizona6.06
9Kansas City International Airport, Missouri6.00
10Burlington International Airport, Vermont5.67
11Bradley International Airport, Connecticut5.62
12Charlotte Douglas International Airport, North Carolina5.54
13Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, Minnesota5.43
14General Mitchell International Airport, Wisconsin5.38
15Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Georgia5.30
16Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport, Arkansas5.13
17Los Angeles International Airport, California5.05
18Miami International Airport, Florida5.00
19Will Rogers World Airport, Oklahoma4.89
20John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York4.88
21Hector International Airport, North Dakota4.87
22Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Alaska4.87
23Nashville International Airport, Tennessee4.79
24Denver International Airport, Colorado4.77
25Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, Louisiana4.73
26Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, Alabama4.71
27Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Michigan4.70
28Boise Airport, Idaho4.64
29Philadelphia International Airport, Pennsylvania4.58
30Dulles International Airport, Virginia4.56
31Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Washington4.49
32Boston Logan International Airport, Massachusetts4.35
33Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Illinois4.35
34Yeager Airport, West Virginia4.34
35George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Texas4.16
36Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, New Hampshire4.12
37Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, Hawaii4.10
38Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport, Kansas4.09
39Albuquerque International Sunport, New Mexico4.02
40Charleston International Airport, South Carolina4.00
41Harry Reid International Airport (formerly McCarran), Nevada3.98
42Eppley Airfield, Nebraska3.36
43Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Maryland3.12
44Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport, Mississippi1.65
45Sioux Falls Regional Airport, South Dakota1.14


73576 search results for the top airport in each State: reviews, blogs and discussions of them were obtained.

These were analyzed using Google’s Vertex AI platform for sentiment (scored 0-10) of each genuine mention – information pages etc were excluded.

Airports without enough discussion to analyze were excluded resulting in 45 State airports being reviewed and ordered by their online sentiment in those reviews, blogs and discussions.

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