Amid the flurry of travelers crowding the airports and various challenges ranging from weather delays to pilot shortages, North American airports have defied the odds. According to the recent J.D. Power 2023 North America Airport Satisfaction Study, these airports have managed to handle record passenger volumes and achieved a notable rise in overall passenger satisfaction.
- Record-breaking Passenger Volumes: North American airports faced an unprecedented surge in passenger numbers, accompanied by challenges like an ongoing pilot shortage, frequent weather-related disruptions, and many flight cancellations.
- Satisfaction Scores Rise: Surprisingly, the study revealed a 3-point increase in overall satisfaction attributed to enhanced terminal facilities, an upswing in food, beverage, and retail services, and improved baggage claim processes.
- Satisfied Passengers Spend More: A correlation emerged between overall passenger satisfaction and airport spending. Delighted travelers, rating their experience 10 out of 10, splurged an average of $44 at the terminals. In contrast, those less impressed spent around $29. The average spend per passenger in terminals increased by $3.47 compared to the previous year.
- Construction and Redevelopment Yield Positive Results: Airports like New York’s LaGuardia have witnessed a substantial leap in passenger satisfaction after concluding their construction and redevelopment projects. These projects have markedly improved passenger flow, parking, and terminal facilities.
- Challenges on the Horizon: Despite the impressive feats, crowding remains a significant challenge. While overall satisfaction remains high, it hasn’t reached the peak of 2020 when passenger volumes plummeted due to the pandemic.
Top Performing Airports in North America by Passenger Satisfaction:
J.D. Power ranks airports, segmented by size, on a satisfaction index reflected in points earned on a 1000-point scale.
Best Mega Airports in North America
- Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport clinched the top spot with 800 points out of 1000.
- Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport came in second with 796 points.
- Harry Reid International Airport came in third with 787 points.
- The segment average for Mega Airports was 772.
Top Large Airports in North America
- Tampa International Airport reigned supreme for the second consecutive year, earning 832 points out of 1000.
- John Wayne Airport, Orange County took second place with 828 points.
- Salt Lake City International Airport came in third with 825 points.
- The segment average for large airports was 789 points.
Leading Medium Airports in North America
- Indianapolis International Airport secured first place once again with 843 points out of 1000.
- Southwest Florida International Airport came in second with 839 points.
- Ontario International Airport took third place with 834 points.
- The segment average for medium airports was 809 points.
For additional insights, visit J.D. Power’s official report.
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