Cities With a Top 10 Airport for Business Travelers

Aug 23, 2016 1:30:00 PM

Burke Gibney


Plan to Attend Conferences in One of These Business-Friendly Airports!

Chances are you’ve started planning your business travel calendar through the end of the year and into next. Travel Leaders Group released its list of top 10 airports with business traveler amenities.

Some of the popular conveniences on which these airports were rated included good Wi-Fi access, charging stations, private workspaces, overnight shipping services, banking services, and airline lounges—all the things that make it easier for you to do business on the go.

A long week of learning, networking, and selling at conferences and conventions can leave business travelers tired and with little patience for obstacles that stand in the way of getting home quickly. Simple airport conveniences such as a nice lounge or short TSA lines can go a long way.

You may want to take into consideration these business-friendly airports when planning which conferences and conventions to attend this year!


#10 Dulles International Airport

There was a three-way tie for 10th in the survey, which included Washington D.C.'s International Airport with 6.3% of the vote.

It’s no surprise this political hot spot has a business-friendly airport.


Aside from all the politics going on in Washington D.C., there are also a TON of conference and conventions that take place throughout the year. Take advantage of this beautiful city any time of year, and combine your next business trip with some sightseeing around the National Monuments!

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#10 San Francisco International Airport

Next up in the three-way tie for 10th is San Francisco International Airport, also with 6.3% of the vote. Although this airport is conveniently located just outside the city and easily accessible by BART (San Francisco’s public transportation system) it is a little bit of a gamble to book a flight into SFO.

It’s a good thing that the airport is business traveler-friendly, because fog can cause huge delays at this airport. You can pass the time waiting for your flight by using their excellent business amenities to work.

That said, there are plenty of conferences that take place in San Francisco throughout the year that are well worth the gamble. They usually take place at Moscone Center, and include heavy hitters such as SEMICON West and Dreamforce 16. If you need more reasons to gamble on the fog delays at SFO and come to San Francisco for a conference, check out our blog on things to do around Moscone Center, and you will realize that attending conferences in San Francisco are worth the (potential) wait.

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# 10 Newark Liberty International Airport

The last airport in the three-way tie for 10th is Newark Liberty International Airport with 6.3% of the vote. This airport can be easier to fly into if you are headed to New Jersey and not NYC. One of the great events that happens in this state is the New Jersey Fall Home Show, which features some beautiful home and garden products and ideas.

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# 9 LaGuardia Airport

New York's LaGuardia Airport took the number 9 spot in Travel Leaders Group's survey with 7.5%. There are a variety of conventions in New York during the fall. Check out our blog post for conferences to attend in NYC this fall for details. Not all of them are in NYC, so this New York airport may be closer and easier to navigate to your convention than JFK.

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# 8 Los Angeles International Airport

Los Angeles International Airport ranked eighth in Travel Leaders Group's survey gaining 9.0% of the vote. L.A. is home to heavy-hitter conventions such as E3-Electronics Entertainment Expo and &ThenLA.

LAX brings attendees to conferences in LA with sun and business friendly service.


With almost perfect weather year-round, the sunny and laid back vibes in LA make you feel like you are on vacation while attending a conferences in this city. The downside is that you might not get too much work done while you’re there—no matter how convenient the business traveler services are at LAX!

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# 7 George Bush Intercontinental Airport

Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport takes the number 7 spot in Travel Leaders Group's survey with 10.3% of the vote. Houston is one of the largest cities in the U.S. and is home to many large corporations. If you’re heading to Houston for a conference, it’s most likely all business on your schedule.

One of our tops picks for conferences to check out in Houston is Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Houston in October.

Check out the rest of the conferences and conventions in Houston on here!

# 6 Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport takes 6th in Travel Leaders Group's survey with 12.7% of the votes. There’s no doubt this automotive industry hub supports its business travelers with great amenities. What may surprise you is the extensive line-up of business professional certification workshops that take place in Michigan in the fall, such as the Excel Power User Workshop series.

Check out all the events in Detroit here.



# 5 John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York City

New York's JFK Airport ranked #5 in Travel Leaders Group's survey gaining 15.2% of votes. As one of the busiest airports on this list, JFK brings millions of people though its doors each day. There’s never a bad time to visit New York City, as there is always something to see and do, including thousands of conferences to attend, such as Leadscon and B2B Leadscon.

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# 4 Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport

Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport ranked 4th in Travel Leaders Group's survey at 18.3% of the vote. While we wouldn’t suggest flying through here in the winter unless you’re into the extreme cold, the lakes around this area are beautiful, and the thriving metropolis of Minneapolis a must-see. One of our faves here at CN is MetaCon in Minneapolis, MN, which features comics, cosplay, gaming and fun!

Check out the rest of the events happening in Minneapolis here on Convention Nation!



# 3 Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport ranked #3 in the survey with 20.5% of the vote. Located in the middle of the United States, DFW is a hub for business, entertainment, sports and travel. The Skylink makes it easy to jump around to different terminals, there are several local-themed restaurants to fill up at, and they even have private business hubs for rent by the hour.

The schedule of events that happen in DFW is full of conferences and conventions for everyone.

Find your perfect Dallas area conference match here.


# 2 O’Hare International Airport

Chicago's O’Hare International Airport ranked #2 in the survey with 29.8% of the vote. Chicago is a fabulous city to visit for business or pleasure, all year round. Although it gets chilly in the winter, there are plenty of tasty restaurants and watering holes where you can escape from the cold.

Summer has a vibrant lake and food festival scene that is larger than life. A couple of conferences happening in Chicago that are worth checking out include Wizard World Comic-Con and Fundamentals of Bank Credit Analysis Conference.

For a full list of conferences and conventions in Chicago, click here.



# 1 Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Coming in at #1 is Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport with 42.2% of the vote. This centrally located airport hub has it all. With convenient business services and a full schedule of flights headed to every direction of the country, the Atlanta airport is extremely easy to get in and out of.

With the steady flow of flights and ease of use, there’s no reason not to attend a conference in Atlanta. Here are a few to look out for:

Find more conferences in Atlanta at Convention Nation by clicking here.

Whether you are headed north, south, east, or west to a conference, convention or workshop this year, the best airports for business travelers have you covered. Book your flights and make it a great trip!

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