The readers of Condé Nast Traveler have spoken, and they are fans of three New England airports — Bradley International in Hartford, T.F. Green in Warwick, R.I., and Portland International in Maine. All three landed in the magazine’s official list of the top 10 airports in the United States.
Conspicuously missing: Logan and Manchester-Boston Regional. Perhaps Manchester didn’t make the cut because it’s nowhere near Boston and should be legally required to drop Boston from its name. Logan has been making strides, but was still denied entry into this exclusive clique of top airports.
First the positive. Portland International, which placed at number 10 on the list, was praised for its homey, comfortable atmosphere and shopping options.
“Departing fliers appreciate a last chance to stock up on Maine staples like Stonewall Kitchen jams or to chow down on a lobster roll at Linda Bean’s,” the magazine noted.
T.F. Green, which recently nabbed Norwegian Air’s seasonal bargain flights to the French Caribbean, was lauded as a “great little airport” by travelers and earned high marks for being easy to navigate and centrally located.
Bradley International placed at number five thanks in part to new international offerings from Norwegian Air and Aer Lingus.
“Customers praise its convenient on-site parking, plentiful charging stations, and free Wi-Fi, decent restaurant options, and overall relaxed atmosphere — making this midsized facility an attractive alternative to flying out of New York’s and Boston’s monster hubs,” the readers said in the surveys.
Fortunately for LaGuardia, Condé Nast Traveler doesn’t publish a list of the bottom 10 airports in the country. Its lists are focused on superlatives. Because of that, we don’t know where Condé Nast readers put Logan. But based on recent information, it’s safe to assume that it didn’t rank particularly high.
Last month a survey from J.D. Power put Logan near the bottom of the “mega airports” category. That rating will likely change as Logan continues to introduce new lounges and unveil refreshed areas of international terminal E.
“Various upgrades and renovations in recent years have failed to keep pace with steady passenger growth, fueled by an expanding JetBlue Airways and new international service,” the Power study stated.
In some cases the Condé Nast survey is at odds with the J.D. Power survey. Bradley may have placed at number five with Conde Nast readers, but J.D. Power placed it dead last on its list of medium-sized airports.
Condé Nast Traveler’s top 10 US airports.
10. Portland (Maine) International Jetport.
9. T.F. Green
8. Dallas Love Field
7. Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport
6. Savannah/Hilton Head International
5. Bradley International
4. Tampa International
3. Long Beach Airport
2. Portland (Oregon) International
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