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MSP Airport scores high marks for amenities, survey says


The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is the second best domestic airport for dining, amenities and keeping kids busy, according to a recent survey by Plymouth, Minn.-based Travel Leaders Group.

"Major airports have transformed considerably in the last decade to accommodate the shift in the amount of time travelers spend there," Barry Liben, CEO of Travel Leaders Group, in a news release. "More amenities have been added to appeal to travelers -- and in many cases, to occupy their time -- while they wait for their flights."

The Twin Cities hub also ranked No. 6 on the list of best airports in the nation for travelers with connecting flights.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport topped the list, but coincidentally it was also ranked third on the list travelers with connections should avoid, The Washington Times reports.

CNN says Chicago's O'Hare International Airport was rated the worst for connections, but recognized the airport for its business travel services.

Check out the complete survey results posted below:

Best U.S. Airports for Connecting Flights:

Travel Leaders Group owners, managers and agents were asked, “If your clients are flying and need to connect through a hub airport, which hub do they prefer?” Respondents were allowed to choose up to three airports. The following list displays the Top 10 domestic airports.

Worst U.S. Airports for Connecting Flights:

When asked, “If your clients are flying and need to connect through a hub airport, which hub do they try to avoid?” the top responses were as follows. (Again, those polled were able to choose up to three different airports.)

Top U.S. Airports for Business Travel Services:

When asked, “Which airport(s) would you and your clients say offers the best services for business travelers?” nearly 700 agents responded with the following list of Top 10 airports:

Top U.S. Airports for Amenities

Today, airport amenities can range from spas and yoga rooms to art exhibits and putting greens. When asked, “What do you and your clients consider the top airport for amenities?” Travel Leaders Group agents named (1) Atlanta, (2) Minneapolis/St. Paul, (3) Chicago O’Hare, (4) Dallas/Ft. Worth, and (5) Las Vegas as their Top 5 U.S. airports for amenities. This particular question is based on responses from 489 agents.

Top U.S. Airports for Dining

Some of the most significant upgrades at airport have been to the dining options available to air travelers. When asked, “What do you and your clients consider the top airports for dining?” Travel Leaders Group agents identified (1) Atlanta, (2) Minneapolis/St. Paul, (3) Chicago O’Hare, (4) Dallas/Ft. Worth, and (5) San Francisco as their Top 5. This particular question is based on responses from 526 agents.

Top U.S. Airports for Families with Kids

Traveling with kids poses additional challenges, particularly when trying to keep kids entertained while spending time in airports. When asked, “Which airport(s) would you and your clients say are the best for helping to keep kids entertained and occupied?” Travel Leaders Group agents listed their Top 5 U.S. airports as: (1) Orlando, (2) Minneapolis/St. Paul, (3) Atlanta, (4) Chicago O’Hare and (5) Dallas/Ft. Worth. This particular question is based on responses from 314 agents.

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