Zagat’s annual airline survey is out and there are few surprises. In a survey of 8,000 travelers, Southwest came out as favorites in many categories including Best Check-in Experience, Best Luggage Policy and Best Value. Continental was the top overall winner among large domestic flights for premium service. And JetBlue claimed first place among large economy class carriers.
The survey also rates 30 U.S. airports. The top three are Portland International, Tampa International and Salt Lake City International. At the bottom? LaGuardia, followed closely by Miami International and LAX. LaGuardia had just 6.2 points out of a possible 30 making it its fourth consecutive last place finish.
I just spent some time in LaGuardia. I LIKE this airport for its convenience to Manhattan. Getting out to JFK or Newark is an adventure unto itself. Will the cab driver know the way? Will there be traffic? Silly question really, there’s always traffic.
Ah, but LaGuardia is reminiscent of another time. You can almost picture the Pan Am Clippers flying over the Sound. Or if you weren’t around in 1952 when the last one flew you can always rent “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” LaGuardia was also home to the first American Airlines Admiral’s Club in 1939.
In April of this year it was announced that plans would be made to demolish and rebuild the whole airport. Can’t wait to see what they come up with.
See you on the road.