Airports in North America

Aeropuerto General Mariano Escobedo

Along with Del Norte International Airport, General Mariano Escobedo International Airport (MTY) is the major hub for traffic to and from Monterrey, in northeast Mexico. The airport has three modern terminals which, although small, process about 5 million passengers each year.

Monterrey is considered one of the cleanest and safest cities in Mexico, and the airport shares this reputation. The airport is frequented by a large number of Mexican business travelers and the modern facilities are kept in great shape.

While most of the airport’s traffic is domestic (coming from cities such as Mexico City, Cancun, Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, Tijuana and Oaxaca), flights to General Mariano Escobedo Airport are available from several cities around the United States such as Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Miami.

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Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juarez

Named after Mexico’s former president, Benito Juarez International Airport, also called Mexico City International Airport (MEX) is situated in the densely populated capital, Mexico City. It is the country’s busiest airport, serving approximately 24 million passengers per year, and once renovations are complete, it will be able to handle up to 32 million passengers per year.

In spite of developments, though, Mexico City International is far from being adequate for the huge number of travelers who use it each year. This is due to the fact that it is completely surrounded by buildings, making expansion of the airfield impossible. Long queues and delays are common occurrences, which is why many travelers use Toluca Airport as an alternative.

Fortunately, however, Mexico City International offers much in the way of amenities, including a wide selection of dining and retail establishments, as well as business and conference facilities, most of which are located in Terminal 2. Terminal 1, by contrast, is old and outdated and lacks sufficient signage and lighting.   

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Akron-Canton Regional

Akron-Canton Regional Airport is located in Green City in Summit County, just outside Akron, Ohio. The airport has only two runways, but is one of the Midwest’s fastest-growing airports. The cozy size of this airport and its close proximity to Cleveland make it a popular choice with locals and travelers.

Akron-Canton Airport has a wide range of shopping opportunities, restaurants, coffee shops and snack bars both before and after security checks.

Akron-Canton only handles domestic flights within the USA. The airport is a growing hub for domestic travel within Ohio. Cheap flights to Akron-Canton Airport can be booked on AirTran Airways as well as SkyWest, Delta, Atlantic Southeast Airlines as well as US Airways Express.

This ever-growing airport is fast becoming the most popular airport in Ohio and, because of its friendly staff, smooth and efficient security procedures and clean premises, it has a far better reputation than that of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, which is a mere 64km (40 miles) to the north, but includes far more hassle with its reputation for large crowds and long queues.

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Albuquerque International

Albuquerque International Sunport lives up to its name as a sunny and friendly airport providing easy access New Mexico’s Albuquerque city only three miles (5km) to the southeast and well served by public transport systems and taxis.

With only one terminal for all incoming and outgoing passengers, Albuquerque Sunport is easy to find your way around. It’s also well equipped to cater for all its customers and there are a number of gift shopping options and plenty of other amenities.

Using the airport is a relatively simple and stress-free experience. Boarding gates are within easy walking distance of the check-in and security gates. The Spanish-Pueblo architectural style of the airport gives passengers a relaxed and laid back New Mexican feeling – the perfect start or end to any journey.

Albuquerque International Sunport is a hub for Great Lakes Airlines and New Mexico Airlines. Visitors to New Mexico can book flights to Albuquerque International Sunport on a number of other airlines including American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines.

The major draw card for this airport is that it is not very busy, which, when compared with larger US airport, makes the security check relatively painless and there are seldom long queues for check-in. On the down-side, passengers should take note that food options inside the terminal are quite limited.

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Anchorage International

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) is just 4.5 miles (7.4km) from downtown Anchorage in Alaska. It is an important airport in Alaska and was named after the local US Senator Ted Stevens, who served in the Senate from 1968 until 2009.

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport has two terminals: the South Terminal handles domestic traffic and the North Terminal is used for international flights. The terminals have a selection of shops, restaurants and facilities making for a pleasant airport experience. There’s even a freezer storage facility at the airport.

The airport is a hub for Alaska Airlines, PenAir, as well as two cargo carriers. Flights to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport are easy to book on several North American carriers and the airport has direct flight connections to many major cities in the United States.

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Atlanta International

Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), better known as Atlanta Airport, is situated 7 miles (11km) south of the city center of Atlanta, Georgia. Since 1999, it has been the world’s busiest airport, serving 88 million passengers annually. The busiest international flights to Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport come in from Cancun, Paris, Amsterdam, Toronto and Jamaica.

A massive facility, Atlanta Airport has two terminals that are separated by an atrium comprising a spacious seating area, numerous restaurants and shops, a bank, business center, the MARTA train station and the Ground Transportation Center. Six concourse buildings provide boarding access for passengers.

Overall, Atlanta Airport is organized and efficient. However, it’s fairly easy to get lost if you’re a first-time visitor. Luckily there's an abundance of information desks and helpful staff. An Automated People Mover ensures that passengers travel between terminals and concourses with ease and efficiency.

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Atlantic City International

Atlantic City International (ACY) is the gateway to Atlantic City, the New Jersey destination famous for flashy casinos, fine shopping and decadent dining. Flights to Atlantic City Airport connect to the Atlantic City and Southern New Jersey shore region and a host of local and international destinations. More than 50 airlines currently fly to and from Atlantic City International, and that number is set to increase.

The airport, which benefitted from a $40 million terminal and taxiway expansion project in 2005, prides itself on its efficiency. According to the airport’s website, Atlantic City International offers the shortest wait time of any airport in the region. In fact, the average processing time to departing gate is a mere 11 minutes – for anyone who’s stood in endless lines waiting to go through security, this will come as good news.

The airport is much smaller than New York or Philadelphia (visitors joke that you can see from one end to the other) so if you’re looking forward to perusing the shops and restaurants for hours you will be disappointed, but staff are attentive, efficient and professional, and make the security process a breeze. Atlantic City International is located in Egg Harbor Township, a 20-minute drive from Atlantic City. The airport is easily accessible from major roadways.

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Austin-Bergstrom International

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) is located five miles (8km) southeast of the Central Business District of Austin, Texas.

The bright and breezy facility embodies Austin’s laid-back nature, from the architecture – clean, open and full of natural light – to the local, friendly atmosphere. Visitors are often surprised by the live music stage, which showcases Austin’s diverse music scene, in the middle of the terminal. There are often up to a dozen performances per week as part of the Music in the Air initiative.

The small size of the airport makes it very easy to navigate and visitors are always pleased to find the airport spotless and well-manned with friendly, approachable staff, making flights from and to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport a pleasure. With the amount on offer here, you barely need to leave the airport to get the full Austin experience.

 

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Baltimore/Washington International

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) is located 30 miles (50km) outside Washington DC and just 10 miles (16km) south of Baltimore. It is a good alternative to the busier Dulles International Airport and Washington National Airports located in the region. Another reason to fly into Baltimore Washington International is that it serves a number of popular domestic routes in the US, as well as many international ones.

The single terminal BWI Airport has five concourses branching off from it, making for easy navigation of the airport and a less stressful airport experience. Passengers with time on their hands can peruse the great selection of shops and restaurants lining each of the concourses.

The airport is popular on America’s east coast as it is a major hub for Southwest Airlines, AirTran Airways and Cape Air. Cities with direct flights to BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport include Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Tampa, and Chicago. There are many discount flights to Baltimore/Washington International Airport that provide a friendly and efficient introduction to the Baltimore/Washington area.

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Birmingham International

Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport is a key airport for central Alabama and serves more than three million passengers per year. The airport is situated just five miles (8km) from downtown Birmingham in Alabama.

The single terminal at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport is divided into two concourses: B and C. Concourse C is the only one currently in use at the airport as the other is undergoing a revamp and modernisation project, which started in June 2011.

Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport generally serves domestic flights across the United States. Airlines offer flights to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport from cities such as Miami, Houston, Dallas, Detroit, Chicago, New Orleans and Charlotte, as well as many others.

The airport is the perfect gateway into America’s southwestern and southern states and Birmingham itself, and can be used as a base from which to explore Alabama and neighboring regions. With its friendly staff it is also a great introduction to southern hospitality.

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