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Airport, 2010

Expect bumps, delays and, eventually, smoother takeoffs.
April 13, 2010
URL: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/206018

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
35.1 million passengers
Hub for Air Tran, Delta

On-Time Arrivals/Departures Rank
29/27 (out of 31 airports ranked)

Chaos Quotient
Moderate. The rising Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal will add a 28-gate concourse to ATL in 2012 and vastly simplify baggage claim.

Latest Upgrades

Mayday! Mayday!
Watch out for renovation work in Concourse E, which currently serves international passengers and is getting a $15 millionupgrade this year.


 



Chicago O'Hare International Airport
24.4 million passengers
Hub for American and United

On-Time Arrivals/Departures Rank
20/26

Chaos Quotient
High. ORD is in the midst of a long-term modernization project, some say the biggest at a U.S. airport. When the project is finished, delays are expected to greatly decrease, especially in bad weather.

Latest Upgrades

Mayday! Mayday!
Debate continues about creating an airport bypass that would connect Interstates 90 and 294. Meanwhile, highway access remains torturous.
 



Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
22 million passengers
Hub for American

On-Time Arrivals/Departures Rank
21/29

Chaos Quotient
Tolerable. DFW is renovating Terminals A, B, C and E, which haven't been updated since opening in 1974.Until finished--sigh, in 2017--each facility temporarily will lose one-third of its floor space to construction.

Latest Upgrades

Mayday! Mayday!
Better rent a car. The Dallas Area Rapid Transit rail link from the airport to town remains under construction and is not scheduled for completion until 2013.
 



Denver International Airport
20 million passengers
Hub for Frontier and United

On-Time Arrivals/Departures Rank
17/21

Chaos Quotient
Moderate. A major South Terminal redevelopment is underway that includes a light-rail station and the airport's first on-site hotel, a Westin with a spa. A downtown rail connection opens in 2015, but construction shouldn't affect traffic.

Latest Upgrades

Mayday! Mayday!
The airport is almost 30 miles from downtown. Although an airport-city train is under construction, it's still a shuttle-bus/rental-car situation, made more complicated by roadwork all around Denver, especially in the north-south Interstate 25 corridor.
 



Los Angeles International Airport
18.1 million passengers
Hub for American, Delta, Southwest and United

On-Time Arrivals/Departures Rank
7/6

Chaos Quotient
Constant. Dwell Magazine didn't name LAX "worst in the country" for nothing. Renovations were just completed at Tom Bradley International Terminal, though, including an outpost of Pink's, the L.A. hot dog legend.

Latest Upgrades

Mayday! Mayday!

Note: Arrivals/Departures ranking based on data from January through December 2009; passenger figures are from January through October 2009.
Sources: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Homeland Security, Air Transport Association, World Travel Guide

Chart compiled by Susan Spano.