Business travellers continue to seek ways to stay productive while traveling, especially with recent heightened security measures increasing the amount of time they spend in airports.
e-Travel, Inc., surveyed business travellers to determine which airports provide the best options for continued productivity during layovers and other “down” times. The survey results below reflect, by category, those airports that best serve the needs of business travellers:
Airline clubs - Denver International Airport was noted for its excellent Red Carpet Club which offers plenty of conference room space and catered meal service. Travellers at Chicago O`Hare can spend time using the desk space and fax machines, or hosting a meeting at one of the meeting rooms available at Delta`s Crown Room Club.
Food - With many concession stands and reasonably priced restaurants, Tampa International Airport, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Pittsburgh International were voted the best for grabbing a quick meal. Minneapolis-St. Paul International topped the list for its large selection of restaurants offering healthy food choices. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport was lauded for its sushi bar, while Los Angeles International Airport featured the sleekest and most upscale eateries.
Retail shops - Philadelphia International Airport tops the list for best shopping. One traveler, Keri McIntosh, an international events manager, said, “I got stuck here one night without my luggage and was able to purchase a whole new outfit for the next day.”
Internet access - San Francisco International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport offer the best quality and quantity in high-speed Internet access, a convenience for the business traveller who needs to plug-in to check e-mail or online travel information.
Overall convenience - Both Sacramento International Airport and Providence, R.I.`s T.F. Green Airport were praised for their manageable size, friendly atmosphere and quick service. Additionally, T.F. Green serves as a convenient alternative to Boston Logan International Airport, and emerged as “most improved” in this traveller survey. One traveler, Laura Vogel, noted that at T.F. Green: “Shops are accessible from all gates, and you don`t find yourself running from one end of the airport to the other for that forgotten snack, essential for travelling.”
Workout facility - Travellers who chose to unwind between flights by visiting the gym cite Pittsburgh International Airport`s fitness center as one of the best airport workout facilities.
“With added security measures in place at airports, travelers are more conscious of the airports they choose as part of their itineraries,” said Scott Gutz, e-Travel CEO. “Airports have recognized that business travelers must remain productive during layovers and other times and have created facilities to accommodate this need.”