Sky Harbor Tops List of Best U.S. Airports

Public art at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. | Hazel Vaughn

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport has topped an influential travel website's list of the best airports in America — for the third year in a row.

The Points Guy, which helps people "maximize" their travel opportunities via credit card points, used factors such as location, on-time statistics and restaurant options in compiling its rankings. Here's what the site had to say about Sky Harbor:

What’s Sky Harbor doing right? Like last time, it didn’t come in first in any one category but made strong showings in nearly all of them, including being easily reached by car or bus, having cheap parking, negligible wait times at security compared to other airports and respectably low delay and cancellation rates (though it could use more lounges for its size).

Three other airports in the western United States — Salt Lake City, Portland and San Diego — followed Phoenix's airport in the rankings. Tampa was fifth. And in news that will shock no frequent East Coast travelers, the New York City area's three airports — Newark, LaGuardia and Kennedy — made up the bottom three on the 30-item list.

Sky Harbor's central location didn't happen overnight: At one time, it was so isolated from the rest of Phoenix that locals called it "The Farm." Today, it's one of the country's busiest airports, seeing about 44 million passengers last year.

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