It could be worse
Hobby ranks fourth worst airport in the nation, but NY has three of the worstfive in Daily Beast list
Anyone who's braved its security and passenger pick-up lines knows Hobby couldn't fare well in a ranking of the nation's best airports.
But fourth place on The Daily Beast's worst airports list? Ouch, William Pettus Hobby must be spinning in his grave.
Mining a range of public data sources, The Daily Beast looked at arrival and departure delays, security wait times, holiday travel, and amenities at 50 of the largest airports in the United States.
Here are the five worst for a quick comparison:
- Chicago O’Hare International (ORD)—Chicago, Ill.
- Newark Liberty International (EWR)—Newark, N.J.
- John F. Kennedy International (JFK)—New York, N.Y.
- William P. Hobby (HOU)—Houston, Texas
- LaGuardia (LGA)—New York, N.Y.
With slightly more than nine million passengers a year, Hobby is one of the least-trafficked airports on the list, compared to massive hubs like Chicago O'Hare which welcomes over 66 million people annually.
In its defense, Hobby is in the midst of some serious renovation work in an effort to improve its customer pick-up and drop-off flow by mid-2012.