Billions of people board airplanes each year, and that number continues to grow. Whether for business or for pleasure, if you travel, you'll likely end up spending time in an airport. With an explosion of new airport concessions and amenities, those long layovers and delays are becoming something to enjoy rather than dread.
For the third year, 10Best and Airport Revenue News (ARN) are partnering up to celebrate North America's best airports and airport concessions, and we need your help in crowning our winners in 10 categories. Vote once per day per category until voting closes on Monday, February 19 at noon ET.
The winners, as determined by your votes, will be announced at the ARN Revenue Conference & Exhibition in Orlando on March 15 and on 10Best.com on Friday, March 16.
Click on each category below to vote:
Best Airport Bar
Unwind pre-flight at one of these top airport bars — Photo courtesy of iStock / kieferpix
There's nothing quite like a cold craft beer, glass of local wine or creative cocktail to make time spent waiting for a flight fly by. These 15 airport bars serve stellar drinks in relaxed atmospheres alongside excellent food. Which is your favorite?
Best Airport Bar / Restaurant Atmosphere
These airport bars and restaurants offer a comfortable place to wait — Photo courtesy of iStock / EHStock
Whether laying over or waiting on a delayed flight, it's always nice to have somewhere comfortable to pass the time at the airport. These 15 airport bars and restaurants excel in the atmosphere arena, making them ideal options for spending an hour or two pre-flight.
Best Airport for Dining
Where do you like to chow down? — Photo courtesy of iStock / olaser
Eating at the airport doesn't mean you're stuck with bland, overpriced food. At least not at these 15 airports, nominated for having the best food concessions programs in North America. Which airport is your favorite place to dine?
Best Airport for Shopping
Excellent shopping options make time fly at these airports — Photo courtesy of iStock / vichie81
A little retail therapy can make hours spent waiting at an airport feel like a blip on the radar. These 15 airports with top-notch retail programs offer travelers a wide range of shopping options on either side of security.
Best Airport Grab-And-Go Dining
These quick service restaurants are perfect for an airport meal in a pinch — Photo courtesy of iStock / andresr
There's not always time for a proper sit-down meal at the airport. When you're hungry but pressed for time before takeoff, these 15 grab-and-go restaurants are a welcome sight.
Best Airport Local / Regional Dining
These airport restaurants specialize in local flavors — Photo courtesy of iStock / Fudio
One of the best ways of experiencing a destination is through its food. These 15 airport restaurants bring favorite local flavors right to hungry passengers.
Best Airport Newsstand / Travel Essential
Where do you go for those last-minute travel necessities? — Photo courtesy of iStock / ShotShare
Whether you're in search of a good airplane read, need an aspirin to kill a headache or simply want a quick pre-flight snack, these 15 airport shops have you covered with a range of travel essentials.
Best Airport Shop for Local Merchandise
Bring home something local from these airport merchants — Photo courtesy of iStock / Roman Babakin
The best travel gifts and souvenirs encompass the spirit of the destinations where they were purchased. These 15 airport shops excel with their selection of regional and local merchandise.
Best Airport Sitdown Dining
Airports across North America are upping their food game with great sitdown dining options — Photo courtesy of iStock / gilaxia
Longer layovers at the airport don't have to be a drag, especially when you can use that extra time to dine at one of these 15 sitdown restaurants.
Best Airport Service / Amenity
More and more airports are adding extras like gyms, spas and nap rooms — Photo courtesy of iStock / PeopleImages
Airports across North America are finding innovative ways to offer travelers a comfortable, enjoyable transit experience. From spas and gyms to movie theaters and play areas, these 15 services and amenities were nominated as the best in the industry.
Remember to vote in each category once per day, and check back on March 16 to see which airports and concessions took home top honors.