JFK International Airport, New York

Which airports experience the worst delays and most cancellations? Which have the shortest security lines? Which are the easiest to get to from the city center? These are questions an event professional might consider when selecting a destination.

A new study from ThePointsGuy.com can help you find the answers. The study analyzed data from federal agencies, Google Maps and other sources. Topics examined include flight delays, cancellations, security line wait times, distance from the city center, access to public transit, parking costs and quality of amenities such as restaurants, lounges and Wi-Fi.

The best airport in America might be a surprise to some. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) in Arizona came in first with consistently good ratings across all categories. Flight delays and cancellations are uncommon, a reliable light rail provides convenient access to the airport, there are restaurants and bars aplenty, and free Wi-Fi is available to appease meeting planners and other business travelers who want to stay connected while on the go.

On the other side of the spectrum is New York City’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA), which the study has designated the worst airport in America. Travelers going through LaGuardia experience the most flight delays and cancellations, the second-longest drive time and the highest parking rates.

All three airports in the New York City area topped the rankings for worst airports, with John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) coming in second and third, respectively. JFK suffers from the country’s longest drive times and worst wait times for security checkpoints, while Newark Liberty offers poor rankings in most categories across the board.

10 Best U.S. Airports

1. Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX)
2. Portland International (PDX)
3. San Diego International (SAN)
4. Salt Lake City International (SLC)
5. Honolulu International (HNL)
6. Seattle-Tacoma International (SEA)
7. Philadelphia International (PHL)
8. Charlotte Douglas International (CLT)
9. Las Vegas McCarran International (LAS)
10. Minneapolis-St. Paul International (MSP)

10 Worst U.S. Airports

1. LaGuardia (LGA)
2. John F. Kennedy International (JFK)
3. Newark Liberty International (EWR)
4. Chicago O’Hare International (ORD)
5. Detroit Metro (DTW)
6. Orlando International (MCO)
7. Washington Dulles International (IAD)
8. Denver International (DEN)
9. Los Angeles International (LAX)
10. Houston George Bush Intercontinental (IAH)