Fort Lauderdale is one of the best airports in the country

It’s not the most reliable place to catch a flight, and when it comes to the food — pack a sandwich. But Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is one of the top large airports in the entire country, according to an exhaustive report from the Wall Street Journal.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) touched down in a tie for third (with Detroit) in the publication’s ranking of the 20 largest U.S. airports. Phoenix led the way, followed by Denver.

Miami International Airport came in 17th and Orlando’s airport was 5th. Tampa’s was No. 1 in a separate list of midsize airports (the next 20 largest).
“The WSJ ranked airports by five measures of operations, such as on-time arrivals, five measures of value, such as average fare, and five measures of convenience, including a grade from readers,” the publication explained. “More than 2,500 subscribers answered a detailed questionnaire covering a dozen categories of likes and dislikes at airports they’ve used within the past two years.”
Fort Lauderdale tied with Orlando for the best score of any large airport in the value category, which took into account the average domestic fare, airline market share, on-site parking, car-rental taxes and Uber prices to the center of the city.

FLL ranked sixth in the convenience category and 10th in reliability. (Full breakdown and methodology here.)
As for reliability, Fort Lauderdale flyers should be seeing fewer unexpected delays since the airport’s north runway reopened Oct. 1 after a $95 million reconstruction.
The Wall Street Journal study pointed out that FLL had some of the lowest-rated food (along with Newark and JFK) and the worst Wi-Fi speeds among the 20 largest airports.
If you want to avoid the worst airports, basically don’t go to New York. JFK and Newark were the lowest-ranked large airports, and LaGuardia was worst among midsize.

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