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Best Small Airport (2021)

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  • Myrtle Beach International Airport

    Myrtle Beach International Airport
    Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

    Myrtle Beach International Airport ranks among the fastest growing airports in the state. Passengers fly in and out on eight different airlines to more than 50 destinations across North America. It wins high marks from passengers for its convenient location and the ease of getting through security and to your gate.
    Photo courtesy of Myrtle Beach International Airport

  • Huntsville International Airport

    Huntsville International Airport
    Huntsville, Alabama

    Delta, American, United, Silver Airways and Frontier all fly into this small Alabama airport with nonstop service to 10 major destinations across the country. The airport is small and easy to navigate, with an onsite hotel and a nice range of food and beverage options for an airport of its size.
    Photo courtesy of AP Photo/The Huntsville Times, Eric Schultz

  • T.F. Green Airport

    T.F. Green Airport
    Warwick, Rhode Island

    Loyal fans of T.F. Green Airport in Rhode Island love it as an alternative to Boston Logan for its lack of crowds and lines and quick access to Providence and Boston via a dedicated train station. It’s also an excellent option for travelers heading to Cape Cod.
    Photo courtesy of T.F. Green Airport

  • Long Island MacArthur Airport

    Long Island MacArthur Airport
    Islip, New York

    Travelers wishing to avoid the big, crowded New York area airports (JFK and LaGuardia) will find a peaceful alternative in the town of Islip. Long Island MacArthur Airport, about 50 miles from Midtown Manhattan, is served by Southwest, American and Frontier.
    Photo courtesy of Long Island MacArthur Airport

  • Piedmont Triad International Airport

    Piedmont Triad International Airport
    Greensboro, North Carolina

    Allegiant, American, Delta, Spirit and United fly to this airport serving Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The airport’s motto is “fly easy,” which is easy to do thanks to short lines, sparse crowds and eight rental car options onsite.
    Photo courtesy of Piedmont Triad International Airport

  • Paine Field

    Paine Field
    Everett, Washington

    With just two gates, this newly reopened airport just 45 minutes from downtown Seattle offers daily flights to destinations like Las Vegas, Orange County, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose aboard Alaska and United.
    Photo courtesy of Paine Field

  • Bradley International Airport

    Bradley International Airport
    Windsor Locks, Connecticut

    Bradley International Airport ranks as the second-busiest airport after Boston Logan, yet it remains a convenient option with on-site parking, lots of charging stations, free Wi-Fi and proximity to both New York and Boston.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / hartfordphoto

  • Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport

    Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport
    Wichita, Kansas

    Passenger approval ratings are almost always high at this airport, especially for its parking facilities, ease of security, cleanliness, rental car facilities and concessions in the relatively new terminal. The airport also scores points for its high percentage of on-time departures.
    Photo courtesy of Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport

  • Buffalo Niagara International Airport

    Buffalo Niagara International Airport
    Buffalo, New York

    Buffalo Niagara International Airport is undergoing a multimillion-dollar expansion, giving a facelift to one of the oldest public airports in the country. Passengers often use this airport as a convenient and money-saving alternative to Toronto. Food options reflect local flavors (buffalo wings at Anchor Bar, Labatt’s beer at Blue Zone or fresh coffee at Tim Hortons).
    Photo courtesy of Buffalo Niagara International Airport

  • Des Moines International Airport

    Des Moines International Airport
    Des Moines, Iowa

    Passengers can fly from Des Moines International Airport to more than 20 popular destinations around the country. American, Allegiant, Deltas, Frontier, Southwest and United serve the airport. Passengers enjoy amenities like free Wi-Fi, shopping and a variety of dining options (including three full-service restaurants).
    Photo courtesy of Des Moines International Airport

While giant airports like JFK, LAX and Chicago O’Hare often dominate the travel scene due to the sheer number of passengers who pass through them each day, the United States is home to many smaller, friendlier airports that take some of the headache out of travel. These 10 airports serve fewer than 10 million passengers each year, yet excel with their commercial flight offerings, easy access and amenities.

The top 10 winners in the category Best Small Airport are as follows:

  1. Myrtle Beach International Airport - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  2. Huntsville International Airport - Huntsville, Alabama
  3. T.F. Green Airport - Warwick, Rhode Island
  4. Long Island MacArthur Airport - Islip, New York
  5. Piedmont Triad International Airport - Greensboro, North Carolina
  6. Paine Field - Everett, Washington
  7. Bradley International Airport - Windsor Locks, Connecticut
  8. Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport - Wichita, Kansas
  9. Buffalo Niagara International Airport - Buffalo, New York
  10. Des Moines International Airport - Des Moines, Iowa

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning airports!

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