November 17, 2022 (Sacramento, CA) – Sacramento International Airport (SMF) was named the top airport in the nation according to the Wall Street Journal’s 2022 Airport rankings. Compared to the 50 other airports surveyed, SMF received the highest score overall.
The top 50 busiest airports were surveyed and then divided into two sizes - 20 large and 30 midsize. The airports were then measured on 19 categories including experience from on-time performance and security waits to customer-satisfaction scores and ticket prices. The categories ranked were further grouped into three broad categories – reliability, convenience, and value.
SMF ranked highest among all airports surveyed in the reliability category and also ranked high in arrival and departure times, low flight cancellations, quick taxi and security clearance times, and a max walking distance of only 1,213 feet.
“The SMF team consistently provides our customers with a safe, comfortable and enjoyable travel experience,” said Cindy Nichol, Director of the Sacramento County Department of Airports. “Living our values every day clearly makes a difference, as we make our customers our top priority. We see each day as an opportunity to improve and accomplish more together by collaborating; communicating and taking pride in what we do.”
In 2019, SMF similarly won the top midsized airport award - the award was not issued in 2020 or 2021 due to the pandemic.