In this week’s roundup, a comprehensive study of airport data by the Wall Street Journal concludes that San Francisco International is the nation’s top major airport, ranking Sacramento first among medium-sized facilities; a group of regional airlines warns of an imminent “collapse” of air services to smaller cities due to pilot shortages; Alaska Airlines Drops a LAX Route; Sun Country will not return to Hawaii, but will add several domestic routes; Frontier adds a Phoenix route and Spirit grows in San Antonio; Delta partner LATAM plans a new California route to Brazil, plus international route news from United, British Airways, Air Serbia, Frontier and Canada Jetlines; Alaska improves its airport lounges but raises membership fees and tightens access policies; and Delta Sky Clubs are beginning to provide accelerated access to the airline’s top customers as the rush continues.
The Wall Street Journal dug into statistics from the nation’s 50 largest airports. It concluded that San Francisco International and Sacramento International ranked #1 in their respective categories. SFO ranked first among the 20 busiest U.S. airports in terms of passenger numbers, and SMF ranked first among 30 medium-sized facilities. The paper said it examined data on 19 factors in its ranking, ranging from airline punctuality to average ticket prices, wait time at the security line, costs at airport concessions, the results of JD Power’s annual passenger satisfaction survey and more.