Most experienced travelers have airport horror stories, and many have a list of airports they avoid at all costs.

AirHelp, which specializes in air traveler rights and seeks compensation for delays or cancellations, last week released its 2019 rankings of global airports and airlines.

Bloomberg News points out that Newark Liberty holds the dubious distinction of worst U.S. airport, ranking No. 116 in a list of 132 international travel hubs. (Internationally, Portugal’s Lisbon Portela Airport Lisbon brought up the rear.)

Indeed, U.S. airports didn’t distinguish themselves at all: The highest-ranked — Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport — only made it to the No. 34 spot.

Top ranked airports in the world

For the record, two global airports are tied for the No. 1 spot: Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar, and Tokyo International Airport.

1Hamad International AirportQatar, Doha
2Tokyo International AirportTokyo, Japan
3Athens International AirportAthens, Greece
4Afonso Pena International AirportCuritiba, Brazil
5Gdansk Lech Walesa AirportGdansk, Poland
6Moscow Sheremetyevo International AirportMoscow, Russia
7Singapore Changi AirportSingapore
8Hyderabad Rajiv Gandhi International AirportHyderabad, India
9Tenerife North AirportTenerife, Spain
10Viracopas/Campinas International AirportCampinas, Brazil
U.S. airports’ lackluster showing is largely beyond their control, Zillmer told Bloomberg.

Airport ratings depend on three factors: on-time performance (which makes up 60% of the score), service quality (20%) and food and shopping (the final 20%).

U.S. airports’ lackluster showing is largely beyond their control, AirHelp CEO Henrik Zillmer told Bloomberg: Weather-related delays are far more prevalent here than in other countries, although our long security lines don’t help scores for efficiency.

Top 5 (best) U.S. airports

34Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International AiportAtlanta, GA
36Houston George Bush International AirportHouston, TX
40Seattle-Tacoma International AirportSeattle, WA
41Las Vegas McCarran International AirportLas Vegas, NV
47Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International AirportCincinnati, OH

Bottom 5 (worst) U.S. airports

75Chicago O’Hare International AirportChicago, IL
80Boston Logan International AirportBoston, MA
83Houston William P. Hobby Airport Houston, TX
86New York JFK International AirportNew York, NY
116Newark Liberty International AirportNewark, NJ

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