Hartsfield-Jackson has more than 100 restaurants and food and beverage outlets. The top 10 restaurants at the world's busiest airport include national chains, a local favorite and fine dining. No. 10: Popeyes on Concourse B, with $5.6 million in revenue last year No. 9: One Flew South, a sushi bar and high-end restaurant on Concourse E, with $5.7 million in revenue No. 8: Carrabba's on Concourse C, with $5.9 million in revenue No. 7: TGI Fridays on Concourse E, with $6.1 million in revenue No. 6: LongHorn
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How Hartsfield-Jackson ranks among U.S. airports

While Hartsfield-Jackson International is a waypoint for millions of connecting passengers around the world, in Atlanta it’s a bustling home base for local travelers.

Since the world’s busiest airport is the primary gateway for Atlanta air travel, the experience matters. 

According to a new study by travel site The Points Guy, the Atlanta airport ranks 4th among the 50 busiest U.S. airports, thanks to its proximity to downtown, on-time performance and amenities.

Other factors considered in the study include cancellations, ride-hailing prices and security wait times.

The top-ranked airport was San Diego International, while Phoenix Sky Harbor came in 2nd.

The worst U.S. airports in the ranking include several that may be familiar to many travelers: Fort Myers’ Southwest Florida International, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International, Orlando International -- and in last place, Chicago Midway.

The secondary airport in Chicago scored low for amenities, long wait times and commute.

New York’s John F. Kennedy International scored highest for amenities.

Best U.S. Airports 

1. San Diego International Airport 

2. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport 

3. Portland (Oregon) International Airport 

4. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport 

5. Sacramento International Airport

Worst U.S. Airports 

46. Southwest Florida International Airport 

47. Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport 

48. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport 

49. Orlando International Airport 

50. Chicago Midway International Airport

Source: The Points Guy

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About the Author

Kelly Yamanouchi
Kelly Yamanouchi
Business reporter Kelly Yamanouchi covers airlines and the airport.
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