Sea-Tac International Airport ranks as the sixth-best airport in the United States, according to a new report.
The Points Guy, a travel news website with 10 million unique visitors each month, evaluated the 50 busiest airports across the country (Seattle is No. 8). This is the fourth year the company has compiled the report.
Sea-Tac also scored high for its number of on-time flights, which includes delays, cancellations and connection times, ranking No. 3. The airport scored relatively well for great amenities – which includes the number of lounges and restaurants – ranking No. 14. It’s worth noting that SeaTac-based Alaska Airlines recently unveiled a new, high-end lounge at the airport to serve first-class passengers. Some frequent Alaska travelers can also purchase memberships to the lounge.
Sea-Tac got dinged, however, for commute time to the airport, ranking a less-than-stellar No. 28.
The best airport is San Diego International Airport, followed by airports in Phoenix, Portland, Oregon, Atlanta and Sacramento. Kennedy International Airport in New York was named tops in amenities.
Chicago Midway International Airport ranked as the worst airport in the U.S., with the study saying that it “only has one lounge — a USO center — and a relatively bare-bones smattering of restaurants and other services despite a $75 million renovation. It’s also a place you shouldn’t expect a flight to go out on time — only Boston Logan and the New York City hubs do worse — and is not all that convenient to downtown Chicago for an airport that’s actually within the city.”
Orlando International Airport ranked as second-worst, followed by Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and Wayne County Airport in Detroit.
Sea-Tac currently has more than 100 projects underway to increase capacity at a cost of $3.7 billion over the next five years. The airport served nearly 50 million passengers last year and estimates that number will skyrocket to 66 million in the next 15 years.