Today marks devastating news for PDX-lovers. The Portland International Airport dropped to—wait for it—no. 5 on the J.D. Power airport rankings list. We're not used to no. 5. We ranked no. 1 on the same list for the last two years and for the last four years, we've been voted the America's Best Airport by Travel + Leisure readers.
But today, our enemy was revealed. The new number one airport in America is the Orange County/John Wayne airport in Santa Ana, Calif.
It seems that airports around the country are really jumping the shark trying to please customers. The San Francisco airport even has an extremely cute therapy pig dressed as a pilot, for god's sake, as reported by USA Today. Meanwhile, the San Diego airport hired a street circus to perform in the terminals.
With the caveat that we prefer the Travel + Leisure rankings, here's the top 10, with scores out of 800:
1. Orange County/John Wayne (SNA), 796
2. Tampa (TPA), 795
3. Dallas Love (DAL), 790
4. Nashville (BNA), 788
5. Portland, Ore. (PDX), 783
6. Austin (AUS), 774
7. Houston Hobby (HOU), 765
8. San Diego (SAN), 757
9. Washington Reagan National (DCA), 755
10. Salt Lake City (SLC), 754