Each year, more and more people take to the sky during their travels for business and pleasure, and U.S. airports rank among the busiest in the world for total passenger traffic.
With more flights comes more time spent at the airport, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Airports around the nation are upping their amenity game to give travelers a comfortable and convenient airport experience through stellar restaurants, bars and shops.
10Best is partnering with Airport Revenue News to honor the best airports and airport concessions in the country in 10 different categories. Click on each category below to vote for your favorites, and the winners will be announced at the annual Airport Revenue News conference in New Orleans on March 15.
Check back on Thursday, March 16 to see which airports and concessions took home top honors.
Best Airport Sitdown Dining
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 Shop for Local Merchandise
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 Newsstand/Travel Essential
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 Local/Regional Dining
One of the best ways of experiencing a destination is through its food. These 15 airport restaurant bring favorite local flavors right to hungry passengers.
Best Airport for Shopping
A little retail therapy can make hours spent waiting at an airport fly by. Airport Revenue News has nominated 15 airports with top notch retail programs, offering travelers a wide range of shopping options on either side of security.
Best Airport for Dining
Eating at the airport doesn’t mean you’re stuck with bland, overpriced food. At least not at these 15 airports, nominated by Airport Revenue News as having the best food concessions programs in North America.
Best Airport Bar/Restaurant Wait Staff
These 15 airport bars and restaurants strive to make the travel experience better by offering fast, friendly and attentive service to guests waiting at the airport.
Best Airport Bar/Restaurant Atmosphere
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 Bar
There’s nothing quite like a cold beer, glass of wine or creative cocktail to make time spent waiting for a flight fly by. These 15 airport bars serve stellar drinks in relaxed atmospheres.
Best Airport Grab-and-Go Dining
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.
Remember, you can vote once per day in each category until voting closes on Monday, February 13 at noon ET.