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Huntsville International Airport named Best Small Airport

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This winning small airport serves 10 destinations

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.

  • Huntsville International Airport

    Huntsville International Airport
    Huntsville, Ala.

    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, R.I.

    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

  • 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

  • Piedmont Triad International Airport

    Piedmont Triad International Airport
    Greensboro, N.C.

    Allegiant, American, Delta, Spirit and United serve this airport in Greensboro, N.C. 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

  • Bangor International Airport

    Bangor International Airport
    Bangor, Maine

    This small airport, serviced by Allegiant, American, Delta and United, offers a convenient gateway into Maine, with benefits like inexpensive parking (free for pick-ups and drop-offs) and stellar views while landing (especially during leaf peeping season).
    Photo courtesy of AP Photo/Michael C. York

  • Long Island MacArthur Airport

    Long Island MacArthur Airport
    Islip, N.Y.

    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

  • Indianapolis International Airport

    Indianapolis International Airport
    Indianapolis

    The Indianapolis International Airport frequently outranks much bigger airports as one of the best in the U.S., thanks in part to its spacious concourses, children’s play areas, live music performances and excellent food hall filled with local food choices.
    Photo courtesy of Indianapolis International Airport

  • Paine Field

    Paine Field
    Everett, Wash.

    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

  • Manchester-Boston Regional Airport

    Manchester-Boston Regional Airport
    Manchester, N.H.

    This small regional airport is less than an hour from Boston and has earned a reputation among travelers for its easy access, friendly airport staff, comfortable seating and excellent rental car facility.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / izusek

  • Long Beach Airport

    Long Beach Airport
    Long Beach, Calif.

    Long Beach Airport is a favorite in the LA area. It’s on I-405 for easy access, just four miles from the beach and has only a single, easy-to-navigate terminal served by American, Delta, Hawaiian, JetBlue and Southwest. It’s a great alternative to LAX for those visiting Orange County or flying to Honolulu.
    Photo courtesy of Long Beach Airport

  • Huntsville International Airport
  • T.F. Green Airport
  • Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport
  • Piedmont Triad International Airport
  • Bangor International Airport
  • Long Island MacArthur Airport
  • Indianapolis International Airport
  • Paine Field
  • Manchester-Boston Regional Airport
  • Long Beach Airport

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

  1. Huntsville International Airport - Huntsville, Ala.
  2. T.F. Green Airport - Warwick, R.I.
  3. Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport - Wichita, Kansas
  4. Piedmont Triad International Airport - Greensboro, N.C.
  5. Bangor International Airport - Bangor, Maine
  6. Long Island MacArthur Airport - Islip, N.Y.
  7. Indianapolis International Airport - Indianapolis
  8. Paine Field - Everett, Wash.
  9. Manchester-Boston Regional Airport - Manchester, N.H.
  10. Long Beach Airport - Long Beach, Calif.

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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