A lot of revolutionary assistants don’t travel as much as I do (because I love to travel). So, when I tell you that an airport is easy to navigate and a snap to get in and out of, that’s an airport to remember. When your exec is traveling, the last thing he wants is to be tangled up in a line waiting for assistance from an ornery airport employee. Then, there are also issues with checked luggage, luggage getting lost, inability to get ground transportation, a trip around the world to get to the car rental place…well, the list goes on.
According to a study done by J. D. Power, the least satisfying airports to travel to or through are:
- New York LaGuardia Airport
- Newark Liberty International
- Philadelphia International
- Chicago O’Hare International
- Boston Logan International
Having been to all of these airports, I can tell you one of the things they all have in common is that they’re older in design. Efforts have been made to freshen up LaGuardia but it’s still old and tired. That said, it’s a better airport than the other two New York airports (Newark and JFK) to use if you’re looking to get to New York City. (New rejuvenation efforts have recently created some traffic jams for the small but well-used airport, which is why some are choosing to avoid it.)
Older facilities like those listed above often don’t have the ability to move people through quickly. Logan Airport in Boston was built in the 1920s, and when you think about how travel has changed since then, you understand why it’s at a disadvantage.
In almost all these cases, you could avoid sending your exec to or through the airport, instead choosing a nearby location (Midway instead of O’Hare or Providence instead of Logan, for instance), but sometimes the cost of the flight or proximal location dictate that they must be used. Plan for extra time if that’s the case, so your manager isn’t late.
J.D. Power also cited the five best airports in the US:
- Indianapolis International
- Buffalo Niagara International
- Southwest Florida International
- Jacksonville International
- Portland International (Oregon)
You’re likely to get great feedback from your manager if he or she is using one of these airports. These are, for the most part, new or newly renovated to accommodate travel in the new millennium. This doesn’t mean travel hassles don’t exist there, but they’re happier places in general.
It’s always good to be aware of where you’re sending your manager and what he’ll encounter when he gets there. If you can’t be traveling and see it first hand, do your research and prepare for the best and the worst!
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