New York’s JFK and Newark airports ranked high on U.S. News and World Report’s list of the country’s most miserable airports recently released.
The magazine based the ratings of 47 large airports and 53 regional airports on statistics from the Department of Transportation.
It considered which facilities had the best and worst combination of delayed planes and crowded flights, with lower numbers signifying a better airport.
The top five most miserable airports were major airline hubs, including: Detroit Metro, Chicago O’Hare, Charlotte, JFK and Newark.
The magazine noted that hubs carrying large amounts of connecting traffic rate worst for late departures and crowded flights, which lead to delayed flights.
The top five best airports were: Oakland, Houston Hobby, San Jose, Dallas Love Field and St. Louis Lambert.
Although it has less non-stop flights, U.S. News lauded Oakland for having flights that are less full and tend to fly out on time much more.
It said smaller airports were generally better and smaller planes tend to be less crowded.